François-Louis-Joseph Watteau
Attributed to

The Death of Montcalm

c. 1783
Inspired by Woollett's famous engraving after West's Death of General Wolfe, Watteau concocted this even more fanciful version of the death of Montcalm, which was engraved and published in Paris in 1783. Since the artist had no knowledge of North America, he based his figures of native peoples - the man with the tomahawk and the nudes in the lower right - on barbarians found on ancient Roman reliefs, even adding a palm tree to the final engraving to define the exotic foreign locale of Canada.
Artist
Attributed to
Title
The Death of Montcalm
Date
c. 1783
Medium
Drawing
Materials
brush and brown and grey wash over black and red chalk, heightened with white, on laid paper
Dimensions
43.2 x 59.6 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Gift of W.A. Mather, Montreal, 1953
Accession number
6172