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The Sphinx was regarded as a symbol of enigmatic wisdom. Its original function was to guard temples and tombs. The Egyptian sphinx, with characteristic head-dress and often with wings, was a common motif in the early 19th century. After Napoleon’s campaign in Egypt, it acquired a new significance. The Egyptian Campaign (1798–1801) was Napoleon Bonaparte's unsuccessful campaign in Egypt and Syria to protect French trade interests and undermine Britain's access to India.
Jean-Neree Ronfort (Lucy Morton, 1999, no. 57, pp.153-7) says of Thomire: “The unique characteristics of Thomire’s work and his immense talent arise from a combination of skills possessed by no other craftsmen of his period. His was the art of the sculptor, taught by both Auguste Pajou and Jean-Antoine Houdon, the art of the founder who, according to Houdon, was the only craftsman to achieve perfection, the art of the chaser who was taught by his father and the art of the gilder. Due to the restrictions of guild regulations he was not able to develop the latter skill to its full potential until after the Revolution but again, he attained perfection.”
|Height||52.00 cm||(20.47 inches)|
|Width||26.00 cm||(10.24 inches)|