Lieutenant-General John Burgoyne (1722–1792)

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Early in the American War of Independence (1775–1783), Major-General Burgoyne went to America, where he witnessed the ineffective British victory at Bunker Hill. He returned to England, disgusted by the lack of any firm initiative. Almost immediately he was sent to Canada as second-in-command where he proposed a new campaign, to move south on New England and cut it off from the central and southern colonies, joining up with other columns moving north. In the event, he took the field with only about half the strength he wanted. Although at first it forced the American General Schuyler back, Burgoyne's inadequate army soon overreached itself. It was beaten at various engagements, eventually being repulsed by a large American Army at Bemis Heights on 7 October 1777.

National Army Museum



Lieutenant-General John Burgoyne (1722–1792)




oil on canvas


H 37 x W 29.2 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1991-02-64

Acquisition method

purchased at Christie’s, 1991

Work type



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