Who is who: The Death of General Wolfe by Benjamin West

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As the historical facts suggests, out of the 14 members of army depicted in the scene, only 4 were actually present in the real battle. Though, the named ones aren’t those.

The named ones the ones who have been recognized successfully. Others are minors or the unrecognized ones.

Here is our post, The Death of General Wolfe by Benjamin West, for the full analysis, story and history regarding to the scene.

 

James Wolfe: General James Wolfe was the English war-hero of the Seven Years war between England and France took place in Quebec, Canada in which England won. He was born on 2nd January, 1727 and died on the battleground of Quebec on the day of 13 September, 1759.

He is called as the hero of Quebec and gained large posthumous fame due to the victory over Quebec and other cities across Canada.

Dr Thomas Hinde: Doctor Thomas Hinde (July 10, 1737 – September 28, 1828) was Northern Kentucky’s first physician, a member of the British Royal Navy, an American Revolutionary, personal physician to Patrick Henry, and treated General Wolfe when he died in Quebec, Canada.

Noble Savage: Noble savage is a concept, an idealized stock character in arts to represent the indigenous people who are friendly and harmless to the “civilized” societies. Inclusion of such figure in the painting is undefined and the interpretations varies among the critics.

Simon Fraser: Simon Fraser (19 October 1726 – 8 February 1782) was the Scottish general in the English Army during the seven years’ war. He was also the 19th chief of the Clan Fraser.

 

(Source: Wikipedia.org)

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