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Wolfe portrait to remain in Britain
The government has placed a temporary export bar on a portrait of British hero General James Wolfe.
The government has placed a temporary export bar on a iconic portrait of British hero General James Wolfe.

Efforts are underway to ensure that a rare portrait of one of Britain's leading military heroes remains in the UK.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has placed a temporary export bar on a likeness of General Wolfe by J S C Schaak.

General Wolfe died on the battlefield in September 1759, having achieved victory at the Battle of Quebec over the French and ensuring the British conquest of Canada.

Having died at the moment of victory and been a hero of the Seven Years War, General Wolfe gained a reputation as a patriotic martyr 'that was unmatched by any British hero until Nelson'. He was known as a demanding and effective military leader and was the legendary subject of paintings, memorials and ballads commemorating his achievements.

Previously on public display at General Wolfe's childhood home, Quebec House in Kent, the painting is the only full-length oil portrait of General Wolfe and was painted shortly after his death from a lifetime sketch by a fellow officer.

The portrait depicts the moment of General Wolfe's celebrated victory and culture minister Margaret Hodge has based her decision to place an export bar on the painting following advice from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council about its importance.

Text by Adfero Ltd. UK

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