Place Published: London
Publisher: Tessari et Cie.
Date Published: 
Binding: No binding
A BEAUTIFULY FRAMED UNCOMMON EARLY ENGRAVING OF THE DEATH OF WOLFE
Medium: Original engraving on laid paper 40.3 x 45.9 cm
Robert De Launay (French, 1754-1814) after Benjamin West La Mort du Général Wolf à Québec, late 18th century.
Print beautifully framed ((UV resistant glass) and incorporate the famous poem he is rumored to have quoted crossing the river and taking Quebec - from Gray’s Elegy ... "The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Await alike the inevitable hour: The paths of glory lead but to the grave."
"Now, gentlemen," said he, when he had finished, "I would rather be the author of that poem than take Quebec."
This was the poem Wolfe was said to have rather written than take Quebec.
That DeLaunay was commissioned to engrave The Death of General Wolfe seems somewhat mysterious.
Benjamin West (1738-1820) was an American painter who achieved his greatest success in London and became the President of the Royal Academy. His heroic painting of Wolfe's death (1771) became one of the most famous works of art of the late eighteenth century. Five years later (in 1776) the great English engraver, William Woollett (1735-1785) created his most popular engraving based upon West's painting.
Fine. Item #1188