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Lafayette souvenirs became all the rage when the Marquis returned to tour the United States in 1824 and 1825. The Marquis de Lafayette was one of America’s first celebrities, and as might happen today, souvenirs with his image appeared in all shapes and sizes. This British-made plate for the American market features an image of Lafayette at the center based upon a portrait by French painter Antoine Maurin. The portrait is surrounded by the words “Welcome Lafayette / The Nations Guest and our Country’s Glory.” As the Marquis travelled from city to city, vendors sold items like this to visitors, well-wishers, and collectors so they could have a memento of America’s favorite fighting Frenchman.

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  • Plate
    Made by James and Ralph Clews
    Stoke-on-Trent, England
    1824-1834
    Transfer-printed earthenware
    Museum of the American Revolution, 2003.00.0645

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