James Wolfe

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James Wolfe, by Harold Lee-Dillon, 17th Viscount Dillon, after a drawing attributed to  Sir Harvey Smyth, Bt, circa 1860-1884 - NPG 713a - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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
7 3/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (197 mm x 146 mm)
Given by Harold Lee-Dillon, 17th Viscount Dillon, 1884
Primary Collection
NPG 713a


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  • James Wolfe (1727-1759), General; conqueror of Quebec. Sitter in 24 portraits.

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This drawing is a tracing by the Hon. Harold Dillon, later 17th Viscount Dillon, of the profile attributed to 'Harvey Smith', i.e. Sir Hervey Smyth (1734-1811), traditionally believed to have been made in the field before Wolfe's death and thereafter the source of the most popular image of the sitter. Dillon may have made the tracing a few years before giving it to the Gallery in 1884. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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