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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 22 - Scenes from the Life: 1776-1834

Series XXII provides a detailed visual history of the events in Lafayette's political career. The majority of the prints in Series XXII deal with events relating to the French Revolution and date from 1789 to 1792, but images also depict his participation in the American Revolution (1777-1781), his imprisonment at Olmütz (1790s), his Farewell Tour of America (1824-25), his role in French politics (1830), and his death (1834). While most of the prints in Series XXII depict specific events in Lafayette's life, several maps relating to these events are included here as well. Examples include a map of Rhode Island showing the positions of the American and British armies at the siege of Newport on August 29, 1778; diagrams of the seating arrangements at the French Chambres des Deputes for the sessions of 1818-1819, 1821-1822, and 1831; and a map showing Lafayette's itinerary during his 1824-25 tour of America.

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