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James Gillray, 1756–1815
after James Gillray, 1756–1815
Published by Hannah Humphrey, ca. 1745–1818

The Death of the Great Wolf

Additional Title(s):

The Death of the Great Wolf: To Benjamin West, Esqr, President of the Royal Academy, this attempt to Emulate the Beauties of his unequal'd Picture, of the "Death of General Wolfe" is most respectfully submitted, by the Author.

Materials & Techniques:
Etching and stipple engraving, hand-colored on moderately thick, slightly textured, beige wove paper
Sheet: 13 3/8 × 17 7/16 inches (34 × 44.3 cm), Image: 11 1/4 × 17 1/16 inches (28.6 × 43.3 cm)

Lettered, lower left: Js Gy de et fc", below image at center, "THE DEATH of the GREAT WOLF. | ___ 'We have overcome all Opposition! __ exclaimed the Messengers, ___ 'I'm Satisfied.' ___ said the Dying Hero, & Expired in the Moment of Victory. | To Benj, West Esqr. President of the Royal Academy, this attempt to Emulate the Beauties of his unequal'd Picture, of the 'Death of Gen.l Wolfe,' is most respectfully submutted, by the Author."; lower right: "Pubd Decr 17, 1795 by H.Humphrey 37 New Bond Street."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
armies | axes | blood | boats | caricature | death | drinking glass | dying | eyeglasses | fighting | flags | flotilla | food | French | hats | historical | historical subject | History | messengers | natives | navy | ocean | parody | political | satire | scepters | sea | swords | troops | victory | war | wine | wolf
Associated People:
Pitt, John, Esq., second earl of Chatham (1756–1835), army officer
Grenville, William Wyndham, Baron Grenville (1759–1834), politician
West, Benjamin (1738–1820), American history painter active in Britain
Burke, Edmund (1729/30–1797), politician and author
Arden, Richard Pepper, 1st Baron of Alvanley (1745–1804), Master of the Rolls
Pitt, William [known as Pitt the younger] (1759–1806), prime minister
Rose, Right Hon George (1744–1818), MP, statesman, writer, treasury secretary
Lennox, Charles, 3rd Duke of Richmond and Lennox (1735–1806), politician, soldier, art patron
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IIIF Manifest:

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The Romantic Print in Britain - Yale Center for British Art (Carnegie Museum of Art, 2004-02-14 - 2004-05-09) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Romantic Print in the Age of Revolutions: Hero, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History (Yale Center for British Art, 2003-01-23 - 2003-06-01) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Painters and Engraving - The Reproductive Print from Hogarth to Wilkie (Yale Center for British Art, 1980-03-26 - 1980-06-22) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Loyd Grossman, Benjamin West and the struggle to be modern, Merrell, London: New York, 2015, pp. 134, 165, fig. 88, NJ18.W52 G76 2015 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Katherine McPherson, Art & Celebrity : In the Age of Reynolds & Siddons, University Park, Pennsylvania, 2017, p. 64, NJ18 R36 M37 2017 (YCBA) [YCBA]

William Blake : Visionary, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, p. 113, pl. 71, NJ18.B57 A12 2020 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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