Lafayette (model for colossal statue)

  • Cyrus E. Dallin, Thiébaut Frères, Lafayette (model for colossal statue), 1889, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Thomas W. Evans Collection, 1983.101.3

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In 1889, Dr. Thomas W. Evans, a wealthy dentist living in Paris, commissioned Cyrus Dallin to create a "colossal" statue of French general Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) on horseback. Evans was inspired by France's gift of Frederic Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty (a model of which is on display in the main galleries) and wanted to honor the French "in gratitude for the services that Lafayette and his companions in arms rendered" in the American Revolution. Lafayette was an aristocrat who shared the ideals of French liberal intellectuals of the time.

Title
Lafayette (model for colossal statue)
Artists
Date
1889
On View
Dimensions
overall: 42 1/4 x 43 1/8 x 15 3/8 in. (107.4 x 109.6 x 39.1 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Thomas W. Evans Collection

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – horse
  • Portrait male – Lafayette – equestrian portrait
  • Occupation – military – general
Object Number
1983.101.3
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