Description de l'Egypte - Archways (1809-29)
Description de l'Egypte - Archways (1809-29)
Description de l'Egypte - Archways (1809-29)
Description de l'Egypte - Archways (1809-29)
Description de l'Egypte - Archways (1809-29)
Description de l'Egypte - Archways (1809-29)

Description de l'Egypte - Archways (1809-29)

c. 1826 France

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'Denderah. (Tentyris). - Elevation Perspective de la Porte du Nord.' / 'Thebes. Karnak. - Elevation Perspective de la Porte du Sud.' from 'Description de l'Egypte...', published in Paris, 1809 - 29.

In 1798, Napoleon launched an expedition into Egypte: officially, to free the Egyptians from the oppression of the Ottoman Empire; unofficially, to found a new French colony. Unfortunately, it turned into a military and political disaster but, at the same time, revealed the mysteries and treasures of a long-forgotten civilisation. Following Napoleon, were a group of 500 civilians, amongst them mathematicians, astronomers, civil engineers, naturalists, architects, draughtsmen, artists, engravers and printers. They all took part in the systematic catalogueing and recording of their finds, resulting in a most concise compilation: the 'Description de l'Egypte'!

The 'Description...' was published between 1809 and 1829, in 23 volumes with over 3000 engravings on 894 plates.

The two archways make a very attractive pair and will most certainly be a talking point!

The plates have been folded within the book; therefore, the folds have been re-inforced from the back but are still visible in the front due to printing on very heavy paper. However, once framed, this will be less obvious. One or two tears which have been professionally repaired. Otherwise, extremely good condition considering that within the book, they would have been folded and unfolded many times over the past 200 years!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Description_de_l'%C3%89gypte#Second_edition_.28Panckoucke_edition.29
Dimensions
Height 98.00 cm (38.58 inches)
Width 74.00 cm (29.13 inches)
Medium
modern hand coloured copper-engravings.
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