This portrait depicts Lafayette at the pinnacle of his career, wearing the uniform of the Parisian National Guard. His lapel is adorned with three medals representing his French American distinction: the Order of the Society of the Cincinnati; the Cross of St. Louis, presented to him by King Louis XVI for his role in the American Revolution; and the Medal of the Vainqueurs de la Bastille.
Unidentified artist, Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), ca. 1785–90. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, 1817.2