Dulertre (del). Baltard (sculpt).
Paris. Panckouke. Ca. 1820.
Copper plate engraving (uncolored), plate area approximately 23 x 17 1/2 inches on sheet size approximately 28 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches. Creases and tears to right edge (one long tear just entering plate mark), light scattered foxing (mainly outside image area). Publisher's blindstamp at top right. The image shows a colossus at the entry of the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak; the figure at lower left clearly shows the scale. This finely engraved image is plate 20 from Volume III of the Antiquities section of the monumental publication "Description de L'Egypte," which documented the research of the "savants" who accompanied Napoleon Bonaparte's ambitious expedition to Egypt (1798-1801). The full title, translated into English reads "Description of Egypt, or the collection of observations and research made in Egypt during the Expedition of the French Army" hinting at the varied purposes of this foray into the Middle East. The European demand for information about Egypt and its glorious monuments led to the publication of two editions of the work, with engravings pulled from the same printing plates; this is from the second edition, uncolored as issued. Item #52601