The Death of General Wolfe (1770)

 Above is a painting by Benjamin West, an Anglo-American artist. The oil painting above depicts the death of the British general, James Wolfe. This scene is from the Battle of Québec, from the Seven Years War. This was a major turning point in the war, as it decided the fate of New France (present day Canada). This battle lasted only fifteen minutes, and it was between the British navy and the French army. Wolfe was killed by musket wounds and was later recognized as a war hero.

In the painting above it is clear that Wolfe is supposed to be a hero because of the way he is painted. He is a Christ-like figure in the image. He is on the floor in the red coat, but he looks like Jesus when he was held in the embrace of the virgin Mary. Also, there is a depicted indigenous man who is leaning on his knee with his chin on his hand. In art this is usually a sign of intelligence, but her it could also represent the idea of the Noble Savage, an outsider or alien who represents the man who has not been corrupted by society. Noble Savage also represents the innate goodness of a being, which was a popularly debated idea from the enlightenment at the time.

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