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ca. 1749 ?

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1 painting: oil on canvas; 98.9 x 86.6 x 11.2 cm (framed).
Image: 63.000 x 77.000 cm
Support: 86.600 x 98.900 x 11.200 cm

Scope and content

See The Painted Past (Public Archives of Canada, 1984) pp. 8-10, cat. no. 3; and Facing History (National Archives of Canada, 1993), p. 9, cat. no. 9, for more information concerning the sitter and the painting.

Graphic (art)
90: Open
Physical access through an art archivist
. No restriction on use for reproduction and publication
Graphic (art)
Copy negative C-003916
90: Open
Graphic (art)
90: Open
OP-0154 Item no. assigned by LAC 1
90: Open
Other accession no.
1995-134 X DAP

Terms of use

Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1995-134-1
Copyright: Expired

Additional information

Availability of other formats note
Colour transparency available

Exhibitions note
Exhibition title: The Painted Past. Curators: Staff of the National Archives, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 1984.10.02-1984-10.31, cat. no.: cat. no. 3. Further venue: Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia; 1987.04.10 - 1987.06.07.
Further venue: McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec; 1987.07.08 - 1988.01.03.
Further venue: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia; 1989.06.01 - 1989.07.11.
Exhibition title: Facing History : portraits from the National Archives of Canada / Face à Face : portraits des Archives nationales du Canada. Curators: Lydia Foy, Sylvie Gervais, Peter Robertson, National Archives of Canada, cat. no.: cat. no. 9. Further venue: National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 1993.05.27-1993.09.06.
Exhibition title: La prise du Québec, 1759-1760. Curators: Daniel Drouin, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; Québec; 2009.05.21 - 2009.09.20.
Exhibition title: Double Take: Portraits of Intriguing Canadians / Volte-face: Portraits de Canadiens fascinants. Curator: Caroline Cook. Library and Archives Canada Exhibition. Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; 2012.03.31 -2012.09.03. Further venue: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario; 2012.09.22 – 2013.02.24 Further venue: Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec; 2013.03.21 – 2013.10.14

Signatures and inscriptions
Inscribed. Signed. Dated.
Inscription: in brushpoint and brown paint, verso: This is the Portrait of General James Wolfe painted by / Highmore about the year 1742. The General sat for it for the express / purpose of presenting it to his much esteemed Tutor and Friend, the Rev.[^d] S.F. Swinden; it is the only Picture the General ever sat for, it / represents him in his Ensign's uniform of the 20.[^th] regiment, when / he was preparing to join that Corps, on getting his first commission, / which subsequently became so celebrated in the service under / his command. All other Pictures of this renowned man / are copies taken from a miniature, which was drawn from / this Picture by the desire, and for M[^rs]. Wolfe, the General's mother, / after his lamented, but glorious death -

Subject heading

1. Wolfe, James, 1727-1759.
2. Generals Great Britain.
3. Military uniforms in art.


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