Print (Line engraving)

  • Title:

    Death of General Wolfe

  • Category:

    Prints and Maps

  • Creator (Role):

    William Woollett (Engraver)

    Benjamin West (Painter)

    William Woollett, John Boydell, and William Wynne Ryland (Publisher)

  • Place of Origin:

    London, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

  • Date:

    January 1 1776 (1776-1776)

  • Materials:

    Ink; Paper; Canvas

  • Techniques:

    Engraved, Etched, Line engraved

  • Museum Object Number:

    1966.0260 A


  • Complete Details



Object Number

1966.0260 A

Object Name

Print (Line engraving)

Title

Death of General Wolfe

Category

Prints and Maps

Credit Line/Donor

Museum purchase

Creator (Role)

William Woollett (Engraver)
08/15/1735-05/23/1785
Woollett was apprenticed to John Tinney, an engraver in Fleet Street, London, and studied in the St Martin's Lane academy. His first important plate was from the "Niobe" of Richard Wilson, published by Boydell in 1761, which was followed in 1763 by a companion engraving from the "Phaethon" of the same painter. After West he engraved his fine plate of the "Battle of La Hogue" (1781), and the "Death of General Wolfe" (1776), which is usually considered Woollett's masterpiece.

Benjamin West (Painter)
10/10/1738-03/01/1820
Appointed historical painter to king in 1772, and surveyor of the royal pictures in 1790. Co-founded the Royal Academy in London and succeeded Sir Joshua Reynolds as its president from 1792 to 1820.

William Woollett, John Boydell, and William Wynne Ryland (Publisher)

Place of Origin

London, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Date

January 1 1776 (1776-1776)

Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Inscription; Pasted to cavas lining; by Mess.\rs Woollett, Boydell & Ryland, LONDON.

Subjects

Historical; Native American; American Indian

Materials

Ink; Paper; Canvas

Techniques

Engraved, Etched, Line engraved

Dimensions (inches)

17.8 (H) , 23.9 (W) , 16.9 (Image H) , 23.3 (Image W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

45.3 (H) , 60.7 (W) , 16.9 (Image H) , 23.3 (Image W)

Measurement Notes

Unable to determine platemark. Trimmed within platemark at base. H at left. W at bottom.

Publisher Summary

Woollett, William

Publication Date

01/01/1776

Place of Publication

London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Object Description

Text available soon.

Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Book] Hood, Graham. 1991 The Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, a Cultural Study.
Period reference for painting of same scene in America: p. 301, appendix re 1770 inventory of Robert Eden Maryland Royal Governor) home in Annapolis, "2 Handsome pictures framed and Glazed, representing the death of General Wolfe and the Marquis of Grandby..."