Original Author: Probably James L. Wattles, after Ary Scheffer
Created: ca. 1840 copy; 1824 original
Medium: Oil on canvas
Marquis de Lafayette
The marquis de Lafayette, a French aristocrat and military officer who served in the Revolutionary War, is the subject of this portrait created about 1840. The painting, a copy of an 1824 painting by the Dutch-born French artist Ary Scheffer, is owned by the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and was probably created by the local artist James L. Wattles. The original French portrait, which was brought to the United States during Lafayette's triumphal tour of the country in 1824 and 1825, currently hangs in the U.S. House of Representatives.