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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 12 - Portraits: Julien, Etc.

Prints of Series XII are examples of prints after the Scheffer type of Series IX and the Gerard type of Series X. The major artist of the group is Simon Julien (1735-1800), although several prints are related to the works of artist Amédée Félix Barthélémy Geille (1802-1843) and Albert Massard. A common characteristic of all these prints is the military uniform with a plain black neck-band. Some characteristics are specific to each artist, such as in the case of the Julien type, where the top and fourth button of the coat are undone. In the Geille type, the top four buttons are undone on the coat and the head is tilted back. The Massard prints exhibit a different style coat, unbuttoned, with an embroidered collar, and the head is more similar to the Scheffer type.

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