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Object ID 1865.007.002
Object Name Engraving
Title Marquis de Lafayette
Collection Works of art
Credit line Henrietta J. Bedford
Date 1787
Artist Charles Willson Peale
Made Charles Willson Peale
Makers mark "CW Peale pinx't et fecit" printed beneath the image
Description Oval, framed, black and white engraving of the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834). The engraving depicts a three-quarters bust view of Lafayette in his uniform coat looking slightly left. The engraving is surrounded by an outer border of printed text: "The Marquis de Lafayette Major General in the Armies of the United States of America." In an inner border underneath the image is printed text: "CW Peale pinx't et fecit." The engraving is framed in a black and gold oval frame with beaded molding and has a 3/8" diameter hanging ring at the top. The remains of the backing paper contains an old sticker for Yerger's Art Store, 419 Shipley Street, Wilmington and also hand-written text: "This portrait of Lafayette was presented by / Benjamin Franklin to Gunning Bedford. / Presented to the Historical Society of Delaware by / Henrietta J. Bedford." Another old red and white type-written sticker makes a slightly different claim: "Oct 1865. / Engraving of / Lafayette by / Peale. Given / to G. Bedford / by Lafayette. / Presented by Miss H. Bedford."
Dimensions H-8.5 W-7.25 D-1 inches
Dimension Details framed dimensions; sheet size is 6" x 5"
Owned Bedford family
Provenance The donor is Gunning Bedford Jr.'s daughter, Henrietta Jane Bedford (1788-1871).
Subjects Engravings
People Lafayette, Marquis De
Bedford, Jr., Gunning
Search Terms Marquis De Lafayette
Bedford Family
Gunning Bedford, Jr.
Portrait Engravings
Charles Willson Peale
Eighteenth Century
Material Paper; painted wood frame
Place of Origin Philadelphia, PA
Medium Engraving