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Catalog Number PALM 00016
Artist Houdon, Jean-Antoine (after)
Artist Role Sculptor
Title Marquis Marie de Lafayette
Description A bust of the Marquis de Lafayette, wearing a high-collared jacket with epaulets and a bow on his peruque, with curled hair. The bust portrays a youthful Lafayette, as he may have looked around the time of the Revolution. The bust is mounted upon an inscribed pedestal. (IAS Inventory)
Provenance Given to city of Louisville by French government to mark the American Bicentennial in 1976.
Lafayette visited Louisville in 1824 and was grateful when some Kentuckians aided him after he capsized in his boat. The bust is a copy of a Houdon work on exhibit at the Musee de Versaille. French Ambassador Jacques Kosciusko-Morizet presided over the unveiling of the new bust. The bust was temporarily displayed by the J. B. Speed Art Museum before being permanently sited. (IAS Inventory)
Dimensions H-2.583 W-1.833 L-1 feet
Material Bronze/Marble
Medium Metal/Stone
Technique Cast/Carving
Location Jefferson Square, corner of Sixth and Liberty Streets