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Collection Reference Number GLC06580
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1798 
Title Death of General Montgomery
Date February 1798
Author Clemens, Johan Frederik (1748-1831)  
Document Type Artwork
Content Description Engraved by Danish engraver J.F. Clemens, based on a painting by John Trumbull completed in 1786. Published by A.C. de Poggi at 91 New Bond Street, London. Depicts the death of General Richard Montgomery during the assault on Quebec on 31 December 1775. Montgomery showed real promise as an officer when he took command of General Philip Schuyler's army after Schuyler was evacuated because of illness. He led troops that captured St. John and Montreal and afterward he converged on Quebec with General Benedict Arnold and met his fate. Aaron Burr is depicted holding Montgomery. Burr tried to remove Montgomery's body from the field, but was unsuccessful. Trumbull's work gives a nod to Benjamin West's painting on the death of General Wolfe during the assault on Quebec during the French and Indian War. Trumbull painted the original in West's London studio. The print is in fine condition with very slight damage to the edges. The picture is pristine.
Subjects Revolutionary War  Revolutionary War General  Military History  Canada  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Death  Battle  Art, Music, Theater, and Film  
People Montgomery, Richard (1738-1775)  Clemens, Johan Frederik (1748-1831)  
Place written London, England
Theme The American Revolution; Foreign Affairs; Arts & Literature
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859