To the King's most excellent Majesty, This plate, The Death of General Wolfe,is with His gracious Permission humbly dedicated by his Majesty's most dutiful Subject, William Woollett. From the original Picture in the Collection of the Right honourable Lord Grosvenor.
Published as the Act directs January 1.st 1776. by Mess.rs Woollett, Boydell & Ryland, London.
Engraving, small margins; platemark 490 x 620mm (19¼ x 24¼"). Staining; paper tone; glued to backing board.
Large engraving of Benjamin West's famous painting of 1770 (Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada) representing the death of the British General James Wolfe at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759 during the Seven Years' War. Despite Wolfe's death, the result of the battle was a decisive British victory. West's composition deliberately evokes the Lamentation of Christ, a subject frequently depicted in religious painting.
Fagan XCIII x/x.
[Ref: 33190] £780.00