|B. le Clair after L. Barre
|London. Pubd. Feby. 3. 1791 by Molteno, Colnaghi, & Co. No. 132 Pall Mall.
|Image 103 x 80 mm, Plate 230 x 170 mm, Sheet 250 x 187 mm
An oval portrait of Marquis de Lafayette, the prominent French aristocrat and key figure in the American Revolution. The portrait shows Lafayette in military uniform, possibly of the Continental Army. He is turned slightly to the right, and looking off to the left of the image.
Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette, Marquis de La Fayette known in the US as 'Lafayette' (1757 – 1834), was a French aristocrat and military figure who joined the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. Born into a wealthy French family, La Fayette travelled to the New World to join the American Revolution, being made a major general at the age of 19. He served at many key battles throughout the war and played an important role at the decisive Siege of Yorktown. He lobbied for an increase in French support for the revolutionary cause and commanded American and French forces successfully throughout the war. Lafayette helped write the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen with Thomas Jefferson's assistance after the National Constituent Assembly was formed during the first stages of the French Revolution. He also advocated the end of slavery, in keeping with the philosophy of natural rights. After the storming of the Bastille in 1789, he was appointed commander of France's National Guard. During the French 'July Revolution' of 1830, he declined an offer to become the French dictator. He is sometimes known as "The Hero of the Two Worlds" for his accomplishments in the service of both France and the United States.
Condition: Tipped to album page. Vertical crease to left of centre of sheet. Some creasing to corners. Some slight surface dirt.