Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette
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[ This description is from the project: MHS 225th Anniversary ]
In 1790, Thomas Jefferson commissioned French artist Joseph Boze to paint the Marquis de Lafayette for his gallery of American heroes. In the painting, Lafayette wears medals for his service in the American war and for his role in leveling the Bastille, as well as a Society of the Cincinnati medal.