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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Dwight Primiano.

Marquis de Lafayette

Artist: Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791 - 1872)
Date: 1825
29 3/4 x 24 3/4 in. (75.6 x 62.9 cm)
Framed: 42 in. × 37 in. × 4 3/4 in.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2005.26
Signed: l.l. in ochre-colored paint: MORSE. pinx / THE ORIGINAL SKETCH
On View
Accession Number: 2005.26
Provenanceto Philip Horne, ca. 1825; to (Inventory of Paintings, Statuary, Medals, etc, the Property of the Late Philip Horne to be sold at public auction…, New York, NY), April 28, 1852; purchased by William H. Osborn [1820-1894], 1852; to The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations, 1876; to (Sotheby's, Inc. New York, NY), November 30, 2005, lot 1; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2005
Label TextThe Marquis de Lafayette was a French political leader who enthusiastically supported the American Revolution. He became an American general and fought alongside Washington during the war. This loosely painted portrait served as a study for a full-length portrait, now hanging at New York City Hall.

Samuel Finley Breese Morse studied under Benjamin West at the Royal Academy in London. He was a tireless crusader for the advancement of art in American society, however he became more well-known for his invention of the telegraph than for his paintings.