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The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill, June 17, 1775, (painting)

Catalog Data

Painter:
Trumbull, John 1756-1843  Search this
Subject:
Warren, Joseph  Search this
Small, John  Search this
Pitcairn, John  Search this
Putnam, Israel  Search this
Howe, William  Search this
Clinton, Henry  Search this
Grosvenor, Thomas  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Culture:
British  Search this
African American  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Wadsworth Atheneum 600 Main Street Hartford Connecticut 06103 Accession Number: 1844.1
Date:
1834
Notes:
Wadsworth Atheneum, 1974.
Sizer, Theodore, "The works of Colonel John Trumbull, artist of the American Revolution," Rev. ed., New Haven: Yale University Press, 1967.
Miller, Lillian B., "The Dye Is Now Cast: The Road to American Independence, 1774-1776," Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press (National Portrait Gallery), 1975.
Kornhauser, Elizabeth Mankin, "American Paintings Before 1945 in the Wadsworth Atheneum," New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1996, pg. 735.
Image on file.
Miller, Lillian B., "The Dye Is Now Cast: The Road to American Independence, 1774-1776," Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press (National Portrait Gallery), 1975, pg. 128.
Kornhauser, Elizabeth Mankin, "American Paintings Before 1945 in the Wadsworth Atheneum," New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1996, plate 127.
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Summary:
History painting depicting the Battle of Bunker's Hill when British troops occupying Boston tried to advance toward Charlestown and Dorchester. General Warren is seen shot and killed, lying on the ground in the arms of a fellow soldier in the middle of the battlefield. Standing above them to the right is British major John Small, who prevents his grenadier from bayoneting Warren in revenge for the death of an officer who lies dead at their feet. Just behind them, British major John Pitcairn falls dying into the arms of his son. On the opposite side of the painting, to the far left, General Putnam of Connecticut, raises his sword and orders the American troops to retreat. In the center background, the commander of the British troops, Gen. William Howe stands next to the white-haired Gen. Henry Clinton. On the lower right corner, Lieutenant Thomas Grosvenor of Connecticut watches the scene unfold. An unidentified African-American stands behind him. Some have identified him as Peter Salem, a free man who as a member of the army fought at the Battle of Bunker's Hill.
Topic:
History--United States--Revolution  Search this
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Military--General  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Architecture exterior--Military--Battlefield  Search this
State of Being--Death  Search this
State of Being--Evil--War  Search this
Control number:
IAP 06910060
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_35749