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Marquis de Lafayette Prints Collection

The Marquis de Lafayette Prints Collection includes more than 650 digitized images drawn from the collections at Skillman Library and the Lafayette College Art Collection. Most of the images are contemporaneous with Lafayette’s life (1757-1834) and depict his involvement in the American and French Revolutions, French politics, and his Farewell Tour of America, 1824-25. Many of the images are portraits of Lafayette, based on paintings or other engravings of him. The prints are primarily lithographs, although the collection also includes stipple and line engravings, etchings, mezzotints, and aquatints. The prints are organized into series, reflecting as much as possible a chronological order based on Lafayette’s age in the portrait, rather than the date the likeness was printed. Many of the series are set up under the name of the artist on whose original painting the print was or appears to have been based. The Prints Collection is one of several collections at Lafayette College documenting the life and career of the man for whom it is named. Other materials include rare books, manuscripts, memorabilia, and paintings and sculpture.

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Marquis de Lafayette Prints Series 10 - Portraits: Gerard

There is no known record of a Lafayette portrait rendered by an artist named Gerard, although the majority of the prints in Series X carry the notation "Gerard pinxt," indicating that the portrait from which the print was designed was painted by Gerard. Prints of this series are dated ca. 1830, and several are of German or Dutch origin. They display Lafayette in civilian dress with an overcoat that is usually buttoned and a white collar and neck-band with a bow or sometimes a ruffle or jabot.

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