Egyptian sketches extracted from the portfolio of an ingenious young artist attached to the Institut National at Cairo which was found on board a Tartane intercepted on its voyage to Marseilles / [graphic]
Lewis Walpole Library > Egyptian sketches extracted from the portfolio of an ingenious young artist attached to the Institut National at Cairo which was found on board a Tartane intercepted on its voyage to Marseilles / [graphic]
- Egyptian sketches extracted from the portfolio of an ingenious young artist attached to the Institut National at Cairo which was found on board a Tartane intercepted on its voyage to Marseilles / [graphic]
- Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker
- Published / Created
- [12 March 1799]
- Publication Place
- Publish'd March 12th, 1799, by H. Humphrey, No. 27 St. Jamess [sic] Steet [sic]
"Emblematical frontispiece to a set of six prints on the Expedition to Egypt, see BMSats 9356-61. Two sphinxes, back to back on a stone slab (on which are the signature and imprint), support a stone ornament inscribed with the title ... The sphinxes wear cocked hats with tricolour cockades, and have rapacious claws. Behind the inscription is a pyramid up which climbs an ape dressed as a (ragged) French officer holding up a large bonnet-rouge (such as was then carried on the masts of French men-of-war) in order to place it on the apex. In his sash is a blood-stained dagger. A nude man, symbolizing Folly, wearing a fool's cap, clutches his coat-tail, holding up a cap and bells, the cap on an ass's head. Large clouds, and a line of desert with pyramids on the horizon, form a background."--British Museum online catalogue
Title from text in image.
Thirteen lines of text below title: The situations in which the artist occasionally represents his countrymen are a sufficient proof of an impartiality and fidelity, which cannot be too much commended ...
Frontispiece to a set of six plates on the French Expedition to Egypt, purported to have been drawn by a fellow expedition member.
Sheet trimmed within plate mark.
Temporary local subject terms: Egyptian campaign, 1798-1801-- Pyramids -- Sphinxes -- Emblems: tricolored cockade -- Bonnet rouge -- Frenchmen: monkey as a Frenchman -- Jesters -- Fool's cap -- Personifications: Folly.
- 1 print : sheet 25 x 35 cm
- Lewis Walpole Library
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Subjects, Formats, And Genres
Satires (Visual works) England 1799
Etchings England London 1799
- etching ; and wove paper hand-colored.
- Resource Type
- still image
England > 1799
England > London > 1799
Riviere & Son > Binding
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley > Ownership
Harvey, Francis > Ownership
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