1820 "La Fayette franzofischer Feldharr 1792" Stipple Engraving by J. F. Bolt
Presented is a portrait of the French aristocrat and military officer Gilbert Du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette fought in the American Revolutionary War, commanding American troops in several battles, including the Siege of Yorktown. After returning to France, he was a integral figure in the French Revolution of 1789 and the July Revolution of 1830. The portrait is a stipple engraving by Johann-Friedrich Bolt.
The print is an oval porthole portrait, a striking bust in profile to the left. Lafayette is presented in full formal uniform, wearing a hat with a large plume.
Johann Friedrich Bolt (1769-1876) was a German artist and etcher and engraver. Bolt studied and worked with the artist Daniel Berger and was close to Johann Gottfried Schadow. He was known for his classical themes, reproductions of the works of the old masters, and for portraits often executed as stipple engravings.
This print, which has proven very rare, was originally a part of the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller. Only other known impressions found in collections of Skillman Library at Lafayette College, in the extensive print collection of the Hon. James Tyndale Mitchell, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and in the Hampton L. Carson collection of engraved prints.
In very good condition. Strong impression. Portrait height measures: 3 1/6” H x 2 1/8” W.
Print has been archivally presented in a custom-made black and brushed silver frame with UV conservation clear glass and archival mats. Framed dimensions: 14"H x 12"W x 2 3/4"D.