Enlisting Foreign Officers

This 1857 painting by American artist Alonzo Chappel (1828-1887) entitled Baron de Kalb Introducing Lafayette to Silas Deane shows the German-born officer Johann de Kalb introducing American diplomat Silas Deane to the youthful Marquis de Lafayette in Paris in 1776. The Continental Congress had sent Deane as a secret agent to France in order to seek financial and military assistance against the British. Deane enlisted the services of a number of foreign officers. De Kalb and Lafayette, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1777, took leadership roles in the Continental Army.

Baron de Kalb Introducing Lafayette to Silas Deane
Painted by Alonzo Chappel
New York
Oil on Canvas
Museum of the American Revolution