35. Two Canadian historical figures died hours apart in the same city, and their dying moments are depicted in portraits that hang in the National Gallery of Canada. Who are they?
Answer to Canada Quiz #35
James Wolfe and Louis-Joseph Montcalm.
Major-General James Wolfe was leader of the British force charged with attacking the French fortification at Quebec City during the French and Indian War. His French counterpart was Louis-Joseph Montcalm, commander of French forces in North America.
On September 13, 1759, the two rivals met on the Plains of Abraham in the climactic battle of the war. Both leaders received mortal wounds, with Britain prevailing in the battle and ultimately in the conquest of Canada.
The Death of General Wolfe, painted by Benjamin West, and The Death of Montcalm by François-Louis-Joseph Watteau are in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.