James Lafayette
Original Author: John Blennerhassett Martin
Created: 1824
Medium: Oil on canvas

James Lafayette

James Lafayette, a former slave who served as a double agent during the American Revolution, is the subject of this 1824 bust-length portrait made in Richmond by John Blennerhassett Martin. Lafayette is dressed in a blue coat with brass buttons, and a white collar and ruffles. Martin worked in New York, Richmond, and other cities as a miniaturist, an engraver, a lithographer, and a portrait painter. This painting measures roughly two feet by two feet.