Behold the Hero: General Wolfe and the Arts in the Eighteenth Century by Alan McNairnBehold the Hero: General Wolfe and the Arts in the Eighteenth Century by Alan McNairn

Behold the Hero: General Wolfe and the Arts in the Eighteenth Century

byAlan McNairn

Hardcover | November 10, 1997

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McNairn analyses representations of Wolfe in both popular culture and high art, from mass-produced ceramics to Benjamin West's famous painting of the death of Wolfe, from popular songs to the writings of Oliver Goldsmith, Horace Walpole, Tobias Smollett, Thomas Godfrey, Benjamin Franklin, and William Cowper. He argues that Wolfe became the embodiment of British patriotism and the superiority of the English way of life, and that the multitude of literary and visual works about Wolfe, which primarily focus on his death, were created in an environment in which legends of inspiring, politically persuasive heroics were much in demand. Behold the Hero will be of interest to historians of eighteenth-century England and America, art historians, material historians, and students of eighteenth-century English literature and drama.
Alan McNairn, former curator at the National Gallery of Canada and former director of the New Brunswick Museum, is director of the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre."
Title:Behold the Hero: General Wolfe and the Arts in the Eighteenth CenturyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.25 × 6.31 × 1.01 inPublished:November 10, 1997Publisher:McGill-Queen's University Press

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ISBN - 10:0773515399

ISBN - 13:9780773515390

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General James Wolfe's death on September 13, 1759 instantly elevated him to the pantheon of British heroes. His courage, glorious death and leadership of the English and their American brethren in the pursuit of liberty was celebrated in sermons, poetry, drama, music, sculpture, paintings and decorative arts. In Behold the Hero: General Wolfe and the Arts in the Eighteenth Century, Alan McNairn examines literary and visual arts depictions of Wolfe in England and North America, analysing their aesthetic and political meaning.

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"I was impressed by the massive documentation drawn together by McNairn, and by how he uses it. The book is a consistent blend of far-reaching erudition with clear writing. I was especially interested in the chapters on the visual monuments to Wolfe's memory. The author shows an excellent command of English thinking on art at the dawn of the neoclassic age, and gives clear, vibrant explanations." [translation] François-Marc Gagnon, Department of Art History, Université de Montréal.