Wax bust of Marquise de Lafayette.
A distinguished French military officer and politician, Gilbert du Motier went down in history as Marquis de La Fayette (1757-1834).
Opposed to the aristocratic system abolished by the French Revolution, he chose to call himself Lafayette beginning in 1789 and went down in history as such.
A man of high ideals, Lafayette fought in the American War of Independence, commanding American troops in several battles.
At the age of 19, George Washington himself appointed him general and later supported him as if he were a son.
In 1781, Lafayette led the Battle of Yorktown and contributed to the victory of the American War of Independence against the British.
Still considered an American national hero, he was nicknamed "the hero of two worlds" and became one of eight honorary citizens of the United States of America, the country where he died.
Back in France, Lafayette worked to renew royal power before playing a key role during the French Revolution of 1789 and presenting the first document of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen to the French National Constituent Assembly-a milestone in history.
After the storming of the Bastille, Lafayette was appointed commander-in-chief of the French National Guard and played a decisive role in the July Revolution of 1830. Sculpted in 1790 by Jean-Antoine Houdon, the famous bust shows Lafayette's noble profile at the height of his career and influence.Dimensions: 35 ml high