The Art of History
Paintings tell us more than just facts
The Death of General Wolfe 1770 Benjamin West
holding Capt. Hervey Smythe, arm. Wolfe’s right either. He wasn’t there Measures about 1.5 by 2 metres. Fraser, behind Lieut-Col. Simon the guy in green. Wolfe died. He wasn’t there when Dr. Thomas Hinde, jacket. in the dark blue there either. Nope — he wasn’t The man in the green jacket is a settler. of On the Plains Abraham, First on Nations fought French, the side of the NOT the British In reality, Wolfe had just one person with him on the battlefield when he died. Art-lovers were shocked that West painted people with accurate clothing and weapons of the time. Most insisted he should have shown them in togas so the scene would be timeless.