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Bonhams to Sell Portrait of Greatest Pre-Nelson Military Hero

Attributed to the Circle of Joseph Highmore - 'Portrait of General James Wolfe' - Estimate: £80,000-120,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- A portrait of General James Wolfe
against the Plains of Abraham at Quebec where he heroically lost his
life in a
battle against the French is expected to fetch £80,000-120,000 when it
auctioned at the Old Master Paintings sale on Wednesday 7th July at
Bonhams, New
Bond Street. William Pitt the Elder appointed Wolfe to lead the British
on Quebec in 1759.
The resulting Battle of the Plains of
Abraham (or
the Battle of Quebec) is one of the most celebrated events in British
history and a pivotal victory in the Seven Years’ War. The
confrontation, which
began on 13 September 1759, was fought between the British Army and
Navy, and
the French Army, on a plateau just outside the walls of Quebec City.