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James Wolfe (1727-1759), General; conqueror of Quebec

Sitter in 24 portraits
General James Wolfe led the British attack on Quebec that ended French rule in Canada in 1759. He discovered a steep, unguarded path which enabled him to land his troops unobserved, however, Wolfe would never actually enter the city as he died the following day from his battle wounds. The importance of the conquest and his death, in the hour of victory, made Wolfe the eighteenth-century's most moving tragic hero.

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4415

James Wolfe

by Joseph Wilton
plaster cast of bust, circa 1760
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4415

2225

James Wolfe

after Joseph Wilton
bronze bust, (circa 1760)
On display on Floor 2: Portraits Tell Stories at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 2225

48

James Wolfe

attributed to J.S.C. Schaak
oil on canvas, circa 1767
On display on Floor 2: Portraits Tell Stories at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 48

1111

James Wolfe

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1770
NPG 1111

688

James Wolfe

by Elizabeth Christiana Cavendish (née Hervey), Duchess of Devonshire
pencil and watercolour, circa 1780-1800
NPG 688

713a

James Wolfe

by Harold Lee-Dillon, 17th Viscount Dillon, after a drawing attributed to Sir Harvey Smyth, Bt
pencil on tracing paper, circa 1860-1884
NPG 713a

D32129

James Wolfe

by Richard Houston, after J.S.C. Schaak
mezzotint, circa 1759-1766
NPG D32129

D36113

James Wolfe

by John Kirk, after Isaac Gosset
plaster cast of a medal (obverse), (1759)
NPG D36113

D4883

James Wolfe

by Richard Houston, published by Robert Sayer, after J.S.C. Schaak
mezzotint, circa 1759-1766
NPG D4883

D8784

James Wolfe

by Richard Houston, after J.S.C. Schaak
mezzotint, circa 1759-1775
NPG D8784

D4884

James Wolfe

after Unknown artist
coloured mezzotint, circa 1760s
NPG D4884

D32363

James Wolfe

by Richard Houston, after J.S.C. Schaak
mezzotint, 1762 or after
NPG D32363

D8781

James Wolfe

by John Chapman, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1796
NPG D8781

D8782

James Wolfe

by John Chapman, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1796
NPG D8782

D8783

James Wolfe

by John Chapman, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1796
NPG D8783

D8785

James Wolfe ('The Death of General Wolfe at the Seige of Quebec')

by William Grainger, after Hamilton
line engraving, published 1802
NPG D8785

D17872

Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford; James Wolfe; William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

by Thomas Abiel Prior, after Unknown artist, and after J.S.C. Schaak, and after Richard Brompton
line engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D17872

D8366

'The Death of General Wolfe' (James Wolfe)

by S. Smith, after Benjamin West
line engraving, circa 1860
NPG D8366

D2931

Benjamin West; James Wolfe (on reverse)

by W. Wilson, after Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, and after Benjamin West
bronze medal, 1866
NPG D2931

D36317

James Wolfe

published by The Medici Society Ltd
chromolithograph, published 1915 (circa 1770)
NPG D36317

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