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Lafayette et Washington

Lafayette and Washington

George Wasshington
Westmoreland County, Virginia 1732 - Mount Vernon, Virginia 1799
First president of the United States, 1789-1797
(Wikipedia)

Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette ( Chavaniac 1757 - Paris 1834), French aristocrat and military officer; general in the American Revolutionary War and a leader of the Garde Nationale during the French Revolution (Wikipedia).

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
Ferdinand Barbedienne Fondeur (Paris)
1895

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Description

Bronze statue, depicting Washington and Lafayette on a marble plinth, clothed in military uniforms, shaking hands; the French and American flags serve as a backdrop.

Inscription(s)

LAFAYETTE et WASHINGTON
hommage à la france
en reconnaissance
de son généreux concours
dans la lutte du peuple des états-unis
pour l'indépendance et la liberté
monument commemoratif
offert à la ville de paris
par
joseph pulitzer
1895

Signed: a. bartholdi 1890
f. barbedienne,
Fondeur Paris

Annotation

Famed publisher, Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911), impressed by the work Bartholdi had done in executing the Statue of Liberty, commissioned him to produce another statue, one emblematic of the French-American friendship. The subject matter, General George Washington and Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, comrades-in-arms during the American Revolutionary War, was an easy choice. Dedicated in 1895, the statue was installed in the Place des États-Unis. A few years later, Charles Broadway Rouss, the New York City department-store tycoon, purchased an exact replica of the Washington-and-Lafayette statue which he donated to the people of New York City for placement in Morningside Park in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

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Tags

  • Country: France
  • Army Officer
  • Barbedienne Fondeur (Paris), Ferdinand
  • Bartholdi, Frédéric Auguste
  • Lafayette, Gilbert du Motier marquis de
  • President
  • Statue (two men)
  • Washington, George
  • Locatie (N 48°52'5" - E 2°17'34")

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