Major-General The Honourable Robert Monckton, at the Taking of Martinique, 1762

Benjamin West

 
Major-General The Honourable Robert Monckton, at the Taking of Martinique, 1762
4 0 c m
 
31cm
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Major-General The Honourable Robert Monckton, at the Taking of Martinique, 1762.

Oil on canvas by Benjamin West, 1763 (c).

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.

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