Signers of the Declaration of Independence

by John Wollaston ( c. 1710—c. 1775)

Oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian), Washington, DC.

by Joshua Reynolds (1723—92)

Oil on canvas; w641 x h768 cm. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT.

by John Singleton Copley (1738—1815)

Oil on canvas; 124.8 x 100 cm (49 1/8 x 39 3/8 in). Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

by John Singleton Copley (1738—1815)

Oil on canvas; 73.8 cm x 61.7 cm. Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA.

by John Singleton Copley (1738—1815)

Oil on canvas; 125.73 x 100.33 cm (49 1/2 x 39 1/2 in). Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

by Charles Willson Peale (1741—1827)

Oil on canvas; 86 1/2" x 56 3/4". Maryland State Art Collection, Annapolis, MD.

by Charles Willson Peale (1741—1827)

Oil on canvas; after the portrait by Thomas Sully.

by Charles Willson Peale (1741—1827)

Oil on canvas. Independence National Historical Park, Portrait Collection (Second Bank of the United States), Philadelphia, PA.

by Charles Willson Peale (1741—1827)

Oil on canvas. Independence National Historical Park, Portrait Collection (Second Bank of the United States), Philadelphia, PA.

by Charles Willson Peale (1741—1827)

Oil on canvas; 20-7/8 x 17 in. Independence National Historical Park, Portrait Collection (Second Bank of the United States), Philadelphia,

Lafayette’s years in America had given him the most glorious career it was possible for a youth of his disposition to imagine. He had fought for a noble cause, and won the love of a nation. George Washington sent him admiring and heart-sore letters after the marquis returned to France; the state of Virginia presented a bust of him to the city of Paris; the island of Nantucket sent him a 500-pound cheese. Lafayette cherished the love he had earned overseas, and never let the French forget it. When his first two children were born, he named the boy George Washington and the girl Virginia. At his Paris household, his family spoke English, and his messenger was dressed as an American Indian.

Richard Brookhiser
Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution (2003)