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Marquis de Lafayette & Alligator (Print)



Marquis de Lafayette & Alligator (Print)


Product Details

Marquis de Lafayette & Alligator by Raphael Balme (See the story below) 

Limited Edition Print (taken from an original oil painting)

Edition 150

Signed and stamped on reverse.

Paper: 310gsm, archival quality, acid-free, aquarelle rag.

UNFRAMED PRINT SIZE: A2 / 420 x 594mm / 42 x 59.4cm / 16.5 x 23.4 inches

FRAMED SIZE (Oak, white, black, putty, all with mount): 558 x 732mm / 55.8 x 73.2cm / 22 x 28.8 inches

FRAMED SIZE (Deep brown, without mount): 528 x 702mm / 52.8 x 70.2cm / 20.8 x 27.6 inches

Frame options: Oak with mount, White with mount, Black with mount, Putty with mount, Deep brown without mount

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The Story

The Shop Floor Project has commissioned British artist Raphael Balme to create a series of oil paintings which celebrate historical figures with their exotic pets and, in the case of Virginia Woolf, their alter egos.

Expertly reproduced by our printers who are members of the Fine Art Trade Guild, the collection includes; Frida Kahlo & Fawn, King John & Polar bear, Empress Josephine & Orangutan plus Mozart & Starling among others...

Marquis de Lafayette & Alligator

Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette received many gifts during his American tour in 1824, but probably none more unusual than an alligator.

Accompanied, by his son, Georges Washington de La Fayette, the French general, who had championed the American ideals of freedom in France, traveled more than 6,000 miles via stagecoach, canal barge and steamboat during his visit. He was greeted along the way with parades, dinners and parties.


The Marquis gifted the alligator to President John Adams who then housed the gator in the White House’s unfinished East Room and its nearby bathtub. Sources report that Adams enjoyed showing the animal to disbelieving White House visitors for several months before it moved to a different home.