General George Eliott

Mather Brown American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 753

Brown’s grand-manner portrait of General George Eliott (1717–1790) is a great spectacle that captured both the painter and his subject at the pinnacle of their respective careers. Descended from America’s earliest settlers, Brown grew up in Boston and trained in London under Benjamin West. General Eliott commanded the British garrison against the allied Spanish and French forces at Gibraltar (1779–83). The pyrotechnic portrait shows Eliott during a battle in September 1782, when the British deployed the newly devised technique of heated shot, annihilating the enemy fleet. (Eliott is also portrayed in John Trumbull’s painting of the scene; 1976.332.)

General George Eliott, Mather Brown (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1761–1831 London), Oil on canvas, American

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