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Maker(s):Le Mire, Noel (engraver); Le Paon, Jean-Baptiste (painter)
Culture:French (1724-1800) and (1736/38? - 1785)
Title:print: Conclusion de la Campagne Liberte De 1781 En Virginie. To His Excellency George Washington this Likeness of his Friend, The Marquis de la Lafayette, is humbly dedicated, By Le Mire
Date Made:1783-1795
Type:Print
Materials:paper, ink, glass, wood
Place Made:Europe; France; Paris
Accession Number:  HD 2130
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield
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Description:
Engraving of Lafayette, this print depicts General Lafayette in full length portrait, standing while holding two swords in his left hand, the battle scene behind him is Yorktown, Virginia, he is shown with his enslaved African American valet, holding the General's horse behind him at right, engraved on lower bottom, " Conclusion de la Campagne Liberte De 1781 En Virginie./ To His Excellency George Washington this Likeness of his Friend,/ The Marquis de la Lafayette, is humbly dedicated," and in smaller engraving on the left and right side: "By Le Mire peint par L. le Paon peintre de Bataille de S.A.S. Mgr. le Prince de Condé" and "gravé par N. le Mire des Academies Imperiales et Royales et de celle des Siences [sic] et Arts de Rouen et de Lille." Also inscribed: "Paris : le Mire rüe et porte St. Jacques, a côté du caffé d Aubertin no. 122, [178-]" Lafayette commissioned Le Paon to paint his portrait as a present for George Washington, the original painting is currently in the collections of Lafayette College, in the title a wreath encircles the word "Liberte" and pole topped with a liberty cap, from which rays of light emanate.

Tags:
enslaved persons; African American

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