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Object Name Print
Catalog Number 1939.497
Creator Scheffler, Ary
Date 1824-1840
Material(s) Paper/Wood/Glass
Dimensions H-12.5 W-10.25 D-1.125 inches
Description This print of engraving of General Lafayette is printed in color and housed in an oval frame. At the bottom of the print is inscribed "PORTRAIT OF LAFAYETTE PAINED BY A SCHEFFER." The frame is made of wood with a glass front. It has no decoration.
Notes In 1824 artist Ary Scheffer completed a portrait of Marquis de Lafayette and presented it to the United States government to hang in the U.S. House of Representatives. This print from an engraving is a copy of that portrait.

Lafayette visited Kentucky during his triumphal return to the United States as a Revolutionary War hero in 1825. Prints of popular subjects were produced in quantity prior to the 1820's but mechanical presses and improved marketing brought an unprecedented array of art to the antebellum consumer. Military heros and things French were especially popular in Central Kentucky.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Scheffler, Ary
Lafayette, General
Lafayette, Marquis de
Subjects Generals
Military leadership
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS