General Lafayette - Item #228
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WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
28 Inches High x 20 Inches Wide x 10 Inches Deep
This life-size bust is of the American Revolution hero, the Marquis de Lafayette. The Virginia General Assembly sought to honor him after the victory at Yorktown in 1781, and upon recommendations from Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Barclay, the Assembly commissioned sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon. Houdon made a life-mask of Lafayette in 1785 when the latter was 28 years old, and then created a bust based on it. In 1786, one marble was given to the City of Paris (though today its location is unknown) and the second marble was placed in the Virginia State Capitol. Houdon made variations of the bust as well for future sale. The Caproni Collection's bust is one of these later versions. Unlike the Caproni one, the original sculpture in the Virginia State Capitol has an added layer of drapery over Lafayette's uniform. Both versions include on Lafayette's proper left lapel the badge of the Society of Cincinnati and the cross of the Ordre de Saint Louis.
Artist: Jean-Antoine Houdon
Museum/Location: Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, VA
Time Period: Modern- Neoclassical, 1786
1911 Catalog ID # - 5450
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"The Marquis de Lafayette, marble bust." Education at Library of Virginia, Library of Virginia, http://edu.lva.virginia.gov/online_classroom/shaping_the_constitution/doc/lafayette.
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