Following my previous post about Quebec House, I thought it would be interesting to show a few of the objects inspired by General James Wolfe’s death at Quebec. Benjamin West’s painting was very influential in shaping the iconic image of Wolfe expiring just as a messenger brings news of the French defeat.
It was widely copied in a variety of formats, even making its way onto toile de Jouy fabric – which presumably in this case was made in England rather than France.
English households could proudly dine off patriotic dinner services and have General Wolfe slowly emerge from beneath the meat and gravy.
The Wolfe brand also extended to the marketing of stirring patriotic songs.
Wolfe relics were reverently preserved, such as this dressing gown that was alledgedly used to transport his body back to England. Wolfiana still sell for high prices at auction, such as the portrait that was knocked down at Bonhams in London recently for more than £400,000.