Maj.-Gen. James Wolfe

Caption: Maj.-Gen. James Wolfe

The portrait shows Major Genera James Wolfe in the all red uniform that he usually wore during the siege of Quebec and probably during the siege of Louisbourg also. This all red uniform dated from the days of the Duke of Marlborough as an optional field dress for officers. The original source for this 1766 portrait is a sketch made by Captain Hervey Smyth, Wolfe's aide-de-camp during the siege. The black band worn around Wolfe's arm is a mourning band in remembrance of the general's father, who had died in March 1759.