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Thomas Jefferys (c. 1719-71)

Beauport, 1759

A View of the Fall of Montmorenci and the Attack made by General Wolfe, / on the French Intrenchments near Beauport, with the Grenadiers of the Army, July 31. 1759 1760

Etching and engraving; printed on paper | 35.4 x 51.9 cm (image) | RCIN 732109

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A view of the Montmorency Falls and the British attack on the French entrenchments. French and Indian War (1754-63)

The view looks west with Quebec in the distance with the Île d’Orléans to the south and the Grenadiers, Townshend's and Murray's brigades having landed on the shores of the St Lawrence just west of Montmorency Falls, with Beauport and the French camp above them.

The artist of this view, Captain Hervey Smyth(e), who was ADC to General Wolfe, was wounded in the attack at Montmorency and also at the Battle of Quebec. He is credited with being one of the first military artists to produce views of Canada.

  • Thomas Jefferys (c. 1719-71) (publisher) [bottom centre:] London, Publish’d according to Act of Parliament Nov. 5. 1760, by T. Jefferys the Corner of S.t Martins Lane.

    Hervey Smyth (1734-1811) (artist) [bottom centre, below titles:] Drawn on the SPOT by Cap.t Hervey Smyth.

    William Elliot (1727-66) (engraver) [bottom centre, below titles:] Engraved by W.m Elliot.

  • Watermark: Indistinct, two words or names, one above the other

    Condition: no fold lines; some foxing

  • 33.3 x 51.9 cm (neatline)

    35.4 x 51.9 cm (image)

    36.2 x 53.1 cm (platemark)

    38.3 x 54.8 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    A View of the Fall of Montmorenci and the Attack made by General Wolfe, / on the French Intrenchments near Beauport, with the Grenadiers of the Army, July 31. 1759. [bottom left, below view, in English and French]

    Printed title:

    Vue de la Chûte ou Saût de Montmorenci et de l’Attaque des Retrenchments François près / de Beauport, par le Général Wolfe avec le Grenadiers de l’Armée le 31 Juillet 1759. [bottom right, below view]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, a key, 1-5, and bottom right, 6-9, to the features in the view.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Beauport 31 July 1759.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, black pencil, cropped].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Beauport A view of the Fall of Montmorenci and the attack made by General Wolfe on the French Intrenchments near Beauport with the Grenadiers of the Army, July 31.st 1759: by Captain Hervey Smyth, engraved by Elliot 1760.

  • Probably from the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Beauport, Quebec, Canada (46°51'31"N 71°11'31"W)

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