Le Duc de Liancourt

  • Charles Willson Peale, Le Duc de Liancourt, ca.1794-1797, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1974.87

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A staunch advocate of the French Revolution, Liancourt (1747-1827) was considered the French equivalent to Benjamin Franklin. He was part of Lafayette’s entourage, and became friends with George Washington, as both men were farmers interested in new agricultural techniques. Nancy Shippen, a prominent Philadelphian, recorded his remark on American democracy: “In the days of my power, under the ancient régime of France, I had fifty servants to wait upon me, but yet my coat was never as well brushed as now that I do it myself.” Liancourt wrote a two-volume book titled Travels through the United States of North America, the Country of the Iroquois and Upper Canada in the years 1795, 1796, and 1797, in which he recorded his experiences. His published memoirs made him one of France’s most respected authors.

Title
Le Duc de Liancourt
Artist
Date
ca.1794-1797
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
1 5/8 x 1 3/8 in. (4.1 x 3.4 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Liancourt, Duc de – bust
Object Number
1974.87
Palette
Linked Open Data
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