Benjamin West. W. Wilson. 1866. Bronze. Private UK collection. Inscription (obverse): “WEST 1738-1820.” Inscription (reverse): “1759 . WILSON LONDON.” Inscription on edge: “ART-UNION OF LONDON. 1866.” The reverse contains a detail from West’s most famous painting, The Death of General Wolfe (1770), which depicts the general as a martyr of the British Empire and commemorates his army’s victory over the French and England’s subsequent control of North America — well, for a dozen years at most. Click on images to enlarge them.

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