General Edward Wolfe (1685-1759)

Sir James Thornhill (Melcombe Regis 1675 - Stalbridge 1734)
National Trust Inventory Number 529073

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1725 - 1735
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 762 x 635 mm (30 x 25 in)
Place of origin
Collection Quebec House, Kent (Accredited Museum)
On show at Quebec House, Kent, London and South East, National Trust

This is thought to be a painting of General Edward Wolfe, Edward had a long career with the British Army having joined in 1700 as a lieutenant eventually attaining the rank of General in 1747. He is best known for being the father of General James Wolfe who died leading the British Army that captured Quebec in 1759.

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, General Edward Wolfe (1685-1759) by Sir James Thornhill (Melcombe Regis 1675 - Stalbridge 1734), 1725/35. A painted oval half-length portrait, of a mature man, turned slightly to the right, gazing to the right, in long powdered wig, and wearing a scarlet jack and waistcoat with white stock.


According to the Christie's sale catalogue, Earl of Lonsdale, 1887; H. White sale, Christie's, 19 January 1901, lot 22 ('Early English School'), bought Hogan; E.C. Hogan in 1909;

Marks and inscriptions

Major / General Wolfe / father of / General Wolfe / of / quebec fame (inscribed on back of canvas)

Makers and roles

Sir James Thornhill (Melcombe Regis 1675 - Stalbridge 1734), artist

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Place of origin
Materials Canvas (10115)
Oil paint (8601)
Category Art / Oil paintings (12632)
Collection Quebec House, Kent (Accredited Museum) (616)
Periods 18th century (87812)
Maker Sir James Thornhill (Melcombe Regis 1675 - Stalbridge 1734) (22)
Subjects General Edward Wolfe (1685-1759) (1)
Object Type Oil painting (14421)

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