The Art of His­tory

Paint­ings tell us more than just facts

Kayak (Canada) - - CONTENTS -

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.

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