Twelve rare early 19th Century engravings from Volume II of ‘Description de L Egypt after Nicolas Jacques Conte and others, drawn during Napoleon s Egyptian Campaign circa 1810.
Comprising the following six plates after Conte from 'Egypt Moderne' ‘Arts et Metiers section:
‘Charrue and ‘Machine a battre les grains , engraved by Delaunay & Schroeder. Plate VII
‘Le Brodeur au Tambour and ‘Fabricant de Feutres engraved by Ingouf. Plate VIII
‘Le Charpentier et le scieur de long and ‘Le Menuisier , engraved by Schroeder. Plate XIX
Four plates from the ‘Costumes et Portraits section:
After Conte ‘Says ou Palefrenier and Femme du Peuple , engraved by Voyez. Plate a
After Duertre ‘Almés ou Danseuses Publiques , ‘Santons d'Abyssinie et de Constantinople , engraved by Jean de MASSARD & BLOT. Plate c
And two plates After Conte of Egyptian views, engraved by Baltard
Copper plate engravings, framed in black painted frames with hand painted watercolour wash and gilt lined mounts and with gilt slips. These engravings were originally printed in pairs in common on large scale paper. Each plate has been cut in half to enable the engravings to be individually framed.
When Napoleon invaded Egypt in 1798, he took with him more than 160 scholars and scientists. Known as the French Commission on the Sciences and Arts of Egypt, they undertook an extensive survey of the country s archeology, topography, and natural history. A soldier who was part of the expedition found the famous Rosetta Stone.
Nicolas Jaques Conte was appointed Secretary of the Egypt Commission and assigned to investigate and collect information on the industrial arts of Egypt, visit workshops, question the artisans and draw the tools and techniques of the workers from which he produced a series of scenes of various trades in Egypt. On their return from Egypt in 1802 Conte was given the task of overseeing the publication of the Descrption de l Egypte, a monumental, multi-volume work that included plates, maps and essays. Publication of the original Imperial edition began in 1809 and Conte invented a machine to automate and speed up the engraving process. It proved so popular that a second ‘Royal Edition Edition (1821-29) was published under the post-Napoleonic Bourbon Restoration.
Six Arts & Metiers engravings 46cm x 58cm including frames (26cm x 36cm image size excluding mounts and frames)
Two landscape views 58cm x 46cm including frames (36cm x 26cm image size excluding mounts and frames)
Two ‘Costumes & Portraits engravings 58cm x 46cm including frames (36cm x 26cm image size excluding mounts and frames)
Two smaller Costumes & Portraits engravings without the mounts measure 43cm x 33cm (33cm x 23cm excluding frames)
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