Tag: History painting

The Death of General Wolfe by Benjamin West

The Death of General Wolfe by Benjamin West

Benjamin West’s The Death of General Wolfe is a near perfect History Painting. Not because it’s accurate. Rather it sets a prime example of West’s reinvented genre.

Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copley

Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copley

The painting Watson and the Shark tells a dramatic story. So much so, it made the painter famous. Before this John Singleton Copley painted portraits.

This changed his work. No longer painting gentlemen and lady portraits, he became a storyteller.