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Lafayette’s Tour

Lafayette, Volunteer for the American Revolution

Marquis de Lafayette rose to the rank of Major General in the Continental Army. During his service he and George Washington would form a life-long friendship. (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Philadelphia Museum of Art

This mezzotint print, created in 1787 by the artist Charles Willson Peale, depicts the Marquis de Lafayette as a major general in the Armies of the United States. Lafayette arrived in Philadelphia to volunteer for service in July 1777. Wounded at the Battle of Brandywine in September, he gained command of his own division and spent part of the winter at the encampment of George Washington’s army at Valley Forge. Lafayette and Washington formed a lasting friendship, which the French nobleman honored in 1824 by visiting Washington’s tomb at Mount Vernon.

Mezzotint with engraved text (7-1/16 by 6-1/18 inches), Gift of the McNeil Americana Collection, 2009.

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