BARTLETT, Paul Wayland

New Haven, Connecticut, United States 1865 - Paris 1925

Maker: Roman Bronze Works, N.Y.

La Fayette à cheval

Equestrian Lafayette

before 1908


equestrian statue(tte)

Dimensions (HxWxD): 57 78 x 38 12 x 22 in.

Acc. No.: A0002, 31.0401

Credit Line: Gift of Anna Brugh Singer, Olden, Norway, 1931

Photo credit: ph. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts' website

© Artist : public domain


  • For years the equestrian statue stood at the head of Singer's driveway in Olden
  • 1931, Gift of Anna Brugh Singer (1873/78?-1962), Olden, Norway


  • Museum's website, accessed August 2017
  • Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) (accessed July 2017)
  • 1986 Sary
    Monique Sary, "Histoire et histoires d'un monument. La statue de La Fayette" (accessible en ligne :, consulté le 22 juin 2017)
  • 2006 Schretlen
    Helen Schretlen with a contribution by Jean Woods, Loving Art. The William & Anna Singer Collection, Singer Laren, Zwolle, p. 166-167, 211
  • 2008 Johns (et al.)
    Elizabeth Johns, Sarah Cantor, Margaret Dameron, Alan Fern (et al.), One Hundred Stories, Highlights from the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland, 2008, p. 58-59

Related works

  • A first model, different for the final version, has been established in the courtyard of the Louvre on July 4th 1900.
    Copies full scaled bronze:
    - Hartford, Connecticut, (LaFayette Circle Adjacent to 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06103), dedicated in 1932
    - Metz, 1920 - 1940 - "C'est à Metz qu'il se résolut d'aller défendre la liberté 8 août 1775" ( It was at Metz that he decided to go and defend freedom. 8 August 1775). Destroyed in 1940, then in 2004, Claude Goutin designed a new Lafayatte statue, Metz, Jardin Boufflers. It is a different version from Bartlett's statue.
    - Paris, Cours-la-Reine: Gift to the french governement thanks to americans schoolchildren; subscription open in 1898; statue ordered in 1899; Paris, courtyard Napoléon of the Louvre from 1908 to 1984, then Cours-la-Reine (near Alexander III's bridge).
    Others bronzes reductions :
    - Paris, Musée d'Orsay, RF 3152, dim. 57 1/2 x 23 5/8 x 41 3/8 in.
    - Washington, National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Collection, dim. 16 1/4 x 15 1/4 x 9 1/2. 1958, Gift of Mrs Armistead Peter III.


  • 2008 Johns (et al.), p. 58:
    Equestrian Lafayette is Bartlett's study for a life-size statue of the marquis de Lafayette given by the United States to the French government in 1908 in gratitude for the French gift of the Statue of Liberty. The Museum's model for the French piece was submitted to the jury of selection for the sculptural gift to France around 1899; it won Bartlett the commission. The sculpture was financed by schoolchildren, who gave coins to the Lafayette Monument Fund as they studied the history of American Revolution. For additionnal funding, Congress authorized the striking of fifty thousand Lafayette dollar coins to be sold at two dollars each; these were later used as souvenirs rather than currency.