Original Author: Jean-Baptiste Le Paon, artist; Noël Le Mire, engraver
Created: ca. 1785
Conclusion de la Campagne Liberté de 1781 en Virginie.
This engraving, based on a painting by the French artist Jean-Baptiste Le Paon, depicts the marquis de Lafayette and his black servant—probably intended to be James Lafayette, attired here in French livery—as the 1781 Battle of Yorktown rages in the background. The Frenchman Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, fought for the American cause during the Revolution and took part in the siege of Yorktown, the last major battle of the war. This image, dedicated to General George Washington, the commander of the Continental army, was distributed in both the United States and Europe.