Portrait of The Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834)
19thC Oil on board
Board 11 1/2'' ht, 9 1/2'' w
Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de LaFayette (1757 –1834) was a French aristocrat and military officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War alongside General George Washington, commanding American troops in several battles, including the Siege of Yorktown. After returning to France, he was a significant figure in the French Revolution of 1789 and the July Revolution of 1830. His grand tour of America in 1824-1825 was one of the most celebrated events in the 19th century. Not many portraits capture The Marquis de Lafayette more so than this work. Lafayette will always be remembered as one of the great founding supporters of American liberty and independence!
Exhibition label from the Brooklyn Museum adhered to verso.