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    Sale 12039

    Interiors

    17 August 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 204

    SEVEN FRENCH ENGRAVINGS OF EGYPTIAN ARCHITECTURE AND ANTIQUITIES

    FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    SEVEN FRENCH ENGRAVINGS OF EGYPTIAN ARCHITECTURE AND ANTIQUITIES
    FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    From the Description de l'Egypte ou recueil des observations et des recherches qui on étét faites en Egypte pendant l'expédition de l'armée française', landscape and portrait, in modern silvered wood frames
    22 ¾ x 32 ¾ in. (58 x 83.5 cm.), overall


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    Description de l'Egypte is the first comprehensive description of ancient and modern Egypt, compiled by the 165 members of the Institut de l'Égypte established by Napoleon to accompany his expedition to Egypt (1798-1801). Rarely has such a huge amount of information been gathered in such a short time and under such difficult circumstances. 'The egyptologists of the 19th century owed their knowledge of ancient Egypt to the efforts of the engineers who described the monuments of antiquity, and it was in the plates of the Description that these were revealed' (Navari/Blackmer catalogue, p. 104).