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The body of a man in military uniform is carried on a litter near the gate to a city wall. The corpse is surrounded by a crowd and soldiers. Includes clergyman, native Americans, cannon, sword, muskets or guns, bayonets, and flags or standards.
Hilliard d'Auberteuil, Michel-René, ca. 1740-1789
Essais historiques et politiques sur les Anglo-Américains. ... Tome premier.
Source place of publication:
A Bruxelles [Brussels]
M. DCC. LXXXII. 
The man being mourned is Richard Montgomery, 1738-1775, an Irishman who had served in the British Army in the Seven Years' War. In 1772 he sold his commission and moved to New York, marrying into the Livingston family. He had come to believe in the revolutionary cause and was commissioned as the second-ranking brigadier general in the American Revolutionary War. He led an army into Canada, where he captured two forts and the city of Montreal. He was killed while attempting to capture the city of Quebec on December 31, 1775. The British recognized his body and provided him with an honourable burial.The artist may be Jean Jacques François Lebarbier, 1738-1826.
Acquired before 1874.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
Artifacts, industry, and human activities
Montgomery, Richard, 1738-1775--Death and burial
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
Canadian Invasion, 1775-1776