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Death of General Wolfe at Quebec

After Edward Penny, R.A.

London: Printed for R. Sayer Map & Printseller No. 53 Fleet Street

10th Octr 1786

Hand-colored mezzotint

14.5″ W; 18.5″ H


The Death of General Wolfe depicts the Battle of Quebec, also known as the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, on September 13, 1759. This was a pivotal event in the Seven Years’ War and decided the fate of France’s colonies in North America.


The battle was fought between the British Army and the French Army; the pitched fighting lasted only fifteen minutes. The British Army was commanded by General Wolfe. Although successful in holding the British line against the French and winning the battle, General Wolfe was mortally wounded by several gunshots.


In death, General Wolfe gained fame as a national hero. He became an icon of the Seven Years’ War and of British dominance in late eighteenth century North America.


WHY WE LOVE IT: General Wolfe was the first popularized war hero who died in the New World during the French-Indian War.  The image of his death became quite popular.  The original color and naïve nature of this mezzo-tint make it something to be treasured.