Lieutenant-General John Burgoyne, 1777 (c)

John Graham

Lieutenant-General John Burgoyne, 1777 (c)
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Lieutenant-General John Burgoyne (1722-1792), a study for a detail of 'The Funeral of General Simon Fraser, who was shot after the action at Saratoga, October 7, 1777'.

Oil on canvas attributed to John Graham (1755-1817), 1791 (c).

Early in the American War of Independence (1775-1783), Major-General Burgoyne went to America, where he witnessed the ineffective British victory at Bunker's Hill. He returned to England, disgusted by the lack of any firm initiative. Almost immediately he was sent to Canada as second-in-command, where he proposed a new campaign, to move south on New England and cut it off from the central and southern colonies, joining up with other columns moving north. In the event, he took the field with only about half the strength he wanted. Although at first it forced the American General Schuyler back, Burgoyne's inadequate army was not reinforced and soon overreached itself. It was beaten at various engagements, eventually being repulsed by a large American Army at Bemis Heights on 7 October 1777. Brigadier-General Simon Fraser was mortally wounded in the action. As this portrait for Fraser's funeral painting suggests, Burgoyne was greatly affected by his death.

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NAM. 1991-02-64-1

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