Spotlight Pages Complete the circle: The original soul of Canada’s 150th birthday

July 11, 2017

The Editor:
Sharing a home town with General Wolfe, I was very impressed with the large painting of The Death of Wolfe – plains of Abraham.
I viewed that painting many times at the National Gallery of Ottawa.History taught me that General Montcalm, the French general, died in the same battle. That’s the original soul of Canada’s 150 year anniversary. French/English thing. The Two Solitudes.

A story in the July 8 edition of the Ottawa Citizen shows a photo of Wolfe’s statue in Westerham, Kent, England. I was born in 1941, when our house was bombed as I was being born. That’s our house in the photo with the story; our house behind the statue.
To the left is The Grasshopper Inn, where Wolfe resided before sailing to Canada in 1759 to battle.It would be great if the writer of the article, Arthur Milnes, could visualize Wolfe and Montcalm being reunited with another statue on Westerham’s green.

It would be really Canadian if an Indigenous element could be added to complete the trilogy, since both generals used the original Canucks in the battle.

They are included in the original Death Of Wolfe painting, National Gallery, painted in 1771 by Benjamin West.

P.J. Breaks
Mountain, Ontario

Letter writer Peter Breaks references a recently published photo of the General Wolfe statue in Westerham, UK, very similar to this one.
Photo credit: By No machine-readable author provided. Ross Burgess assumed (based on copyright claims). [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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