Mezzotint with engraving. Plate: 285 x 440mm (11¼ x 17¼") large margins. Light foxing. Slight rubbing on portrait.
Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757 - 1834). Enthusiastic about the news of the American Revolution, he left France to join George Washington's army. He quickly won the close friendship of Washington, was wounded at Brandywine, shared the hardships of Valley Forge, and obtained a divisional command. After a trip to France (1779–80), where he negotiated for French aid, he distinguished himself in the Yorktown campaign. Returning to France in 1782, Lafayette was made commander of the militia (later named the National Guard) the day after the fall of the Bastille (July, 1789). In 1824–25 he visited the United States, where he was given an hero's welcome. He became a popular symbol of the bond between France and the United States, and his direct descendants, the Chambrun family, are honorary U.S. citizens.
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