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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Can 80

William Inglis Morse collection of engravings on the death of General Wolfe


Collection of engravings primarily concerning the death of General James Wolfe.


  • 1760

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.2 linear feet (1 box)

Primarily engravings from portraits by Benjamin West concerning the death of General James Wolfe, among other items.

Biographical / Historical

Wolfe was a British general who was killed battling the French for Quebec in the French and Indian War.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

48M-31PF. Gift of Dr. William Inglis Morse,17 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1948 October.

Formerly owned by Sir Robert Leicester Harmsworth, Sotheby sale lot 5076.

Morse, William Inglis, b.1874, collector. William Inglis Morse collection of engravings on the death of General Wolfe, 1760: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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