John Trumbull / The Sortie Made by the Garrison of Gibraltar / 1789John Trumbull
The Sortie Made by the Garrison of Gibraltar

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Creator Name: Trumbull, John
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1756-1843
Creator Name-CRT: John Trumbull
Title: The Sortie Made by the Garrison of Gibraltar
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1789
Creation End Date: 1789
Creation Date: 1789
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 71 x 107 in. (180.3 x 271.8 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1976.332
Credit Line: Purchase, Pauline V. Fullerton Bequest; Mr. and Mrs. James Walter Carter and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Gifts; Erving Wolf Foundation and Vain and Harry Fish Foundation Inc. Gifts; Gift of Hanson K. Corning, by exchange; and Maria DeWitt Jesup and Morris K. Jesup Funds, 1976

This painting depicts the events of the night of November 26, 1781, when British troops, long besieged by Spanish forces at Gibraltar, made a sortie, or sudden attack, against the encroaching enemy batteries. The focal point of the painting is the tragic death of the Spanish officer Don Jose de Barboza. Abandoned by his fleeing troops, he charged the attacking column alone, fell mortally wounded, and, refusing all assistance, died near his post. Trumbull portrays him rejecting the aid of General George Elliott, commander of the British troops. This work, the largest and last of three versions of the subject that Trumbull executed between 1786 and 1789, demonstrates his ambition to solidify his reputation on the basis of the highly respected genre of history painting.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1976.332
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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