Title: Planches du Voyage dans la basse et la haute Egypte (Pl.55)
Published : Paris France 1802 (First edition)
Size : circa 15 x 22 inches
Author / Artist: Dominique Vivant, Baron Denon
This original Copper Engraving is Page 55 of the famous Atlas "Travel in Low and High Egypt" - it shows a tomb in upper Egypt and the empirial French Soldiers on an ancient temple Ruin.
Denon described the scenes this way:
No.1 Ruins of a monument to two miles southwest of Qouss, on a mound ..... My research has given me no indication of the ancient city to which this may have belonged ruine.
N ° 2 Tomb in quarries Silsilis, the largest and most preserved of all those who are dug .... with a jamb covered with hieroglyphics ..... the rest of the rock is preserved in its original form.
Denon was invited to accompany Bonaparte during the French Expedition to Egypt - a staging post in Napoleon's campaign to wrest India from the British - Denon was forcibly struck by Egypt's architecture and found the opportunity of gathering the materials for his most important literary and artistic work. He accompanied General Desaix to Upper Egypt, and made numerous sketches of the monuments of ancient art, sometimes under the very fire of the enemy. On one occasion he worked for sixteen hours, while the windblown sand caused his eyelids to bleed. Upon his return to France, Denon published Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt. His insightful and deeply humane volume became an instant bestseller. The work crowned his reputation both as an archaeologist and as an artist, and sparked the Egyptian Revival in architecture and decorative arts. It also marks the beginning of modern Egyptology.
Condition: It is in good condition with minor irregularities and light tanning giving it a vintage look. The lower right corner has a small damage. PLEASE SEE PICTURES.
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