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Lieutenant-General The Honourable Robert Monckton Featured Benjamin West Print

Lieutenant-General The Honourable Robert Monckton

Major-General (later Lieutenant-General) The Honourable Robert Monckton (1726-1782), at the Taking of Martinique, 1762.Oil on canvas by Benjamin West (1738-1820), 1763/4 (c), exhibited at the Society of Artists 1764.Listed in 1762 as a major-general (he later became a lieutenant-general), Monckton is wearing a general officer's frock coat: the single-spaced buttons and loops were later to be used to denote full generals. Still in his thirties, Monckton was a tall, imposing figure, who received the thanks of the House of Commons for his valiant conquest of Martinique.Monckton's military career was largely centred in North America, most significantly as General Wolfe's second-in-command at Quebec in 1759. From 1761-1763, he was Governor of New York. It was thus no coincidence that he chose the young American artist, Benjamin West, to record his grandest moment for posterity. In 1763 West had just arrived in London, en route from Italy to his native Pennsylvania, when he received the commission. His interpretation of the dignified general, with its fashionable Neo-Classical allusion to the Apollo Belvedere, was so successful that it was one of three paintings exhibited in 1764 that launched West's career in England. West went on to receive royal patronage and, in 1792, succeeded Sir Joshua Reynolds as President of the Royal Academy. In its day, his most famous painting, The Death of General Wolfe, (National Galleries of Canada), was innovative for treating a contemporary subject as a formal, academic history painting, with the principals dressed in their own clothes, as opposed to classical robes.The map in Monckton's right hand and the left-hand detail of the portrait make direct allusion to the most crucial part of the capture of Martinique. There had previously been several unsuccessful British attempts to take this important sugar island. In 1762 it was heavily garrisoned with over 12, 000 French soldiers, local militia and hired privateersmen'. Monckton assemb

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John Eardley Wilmot (1709-92) 1812 (oil on canvas) Featured Benjamin West Print

John Eardley Wilmot (1709-92) 1812 (oil on canvas)

XYC192209 John Eardley Wilmot (1709-92) 1812 (oil on canvas) by West, Benjamin (1738-1820); 105.4x148 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA; ( Sir John Eardley Wilmot PC (Derby, England, 16 August 1709 a?? London, 5 February 1792), was an English judge, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas from 1766 to 1771 painting in background is Allegory of Britannia Receiving the American Loyalists c.1783-88 by Benjamin West; loyalists before a table upon which rests the crown of England, welcoming them is John Eardley Wilmot; figures with cloak represent religion and justice; group of refugees are William Franklin and Sir William Pepperrell; Published in 1815, the "Historical view of the Commission for Enquiring into the Losses, Services and Claims of the American Loyalists at the close of the war between Great Britain and her colonies in 1783", contained an engraving of Westa??s allegorical painting "The Reception of the American Loyalists by Great Britain". Westa??s original oil painting has been lost; however, a smaller copy of the painting can be seen in the background of this portrait of John Eardley Wilmot, the chief commissioner of the Loyalist Claims Commission. ); American, out of copyright

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The Battle of La Hogue, c.1778 (oil on canvas) Featured Benjamin West Print

The Battle of La Hogue, c.1778 (oil on canvas)

XOS1765347 The Battle of La Hogue, c.1778 (oil on canvas) by West, Benjamin (1738-1820); 152.7x214 cm; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA; ( In 1692, Louis XIV of France tried to restore the Catholic James II to the English throne. Britain and the Protestant Dutch attacked the French fleet near La Hogue, northern France in a 5 day naval battle which West shows in a single idealised dramatic action - Vice Admiral George Rooke with raised sword in a boat on the left while France's flagship the Royal Sun is beached in the centre, signifying defeat.
); American, out of copyright

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