National Geographic : 1957 Sep
424 Lafayette's Portrait Looks Down on the Room Where He Was Born So devoted was the Marquis to his foster country, America, that he named Chavaniac's chambers for the Thirteen Original States. Visitors to the west tower see this room as it might have been when Lafayette's mother, "the very high and very mighty lady Ma dame Marie Louise Julie de la Riviere," bore her only son. Lacking the original furniture, the La fayette Memorial purchased 18th-century pieces. The painting is attributed to Jacques Louis David, court painter to King Louis XVI and Napoleon. Gold Snuffbox, Brooch, and Ring Were Treasured American Mementos The American Revolution forged a deep bond be tween Lafayette and George Washington, his com mander. For years after the peace, gifts crossed the ocean between the two generals. Lafayette proudly sent his friend a key from the Bastille, destroyed by French mobs. Washington shipped a barrel of hams from Mount Vernon. Other gifts shown at Chavaniac are a monogrammed pin from Benjamin Franklin (left, above) containing a lock of his hair; a ring with the hair of Washing ton and his wife; and a snuffbox (left) presented by the City of New York.