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Category Museums

Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire

Friday, Nov 23, 2012 11:00a to 5:00p
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI

How is it that an American painter came to define the British Empire? Benjamin West's iconic painting The Death of General Wolfe (1776) depicts the death of James Wolfe, the British commander at the 1759 Battle of Quebec during what in this country is known as the French and Indian War. In conflating a momentous contemporary event with the genre of large-scale history painting, West flouted the conventions of academic painting and the work became one of the most celebrated paintings in Britain.

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University of Michigan
500 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 936-4000
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