The house of Hasan Kachef, Cairo, Egypt, c 1798.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Engravings by Dormier and Leisnier after Protain, showing elevations and an interior view of a large room used for the meetings of the Institute, with a detail of a courtyard doorway. From 'Description de l'Egypte, ou Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont ete faites en Egypte pendant l'Expedition de l'Armee francaise', (Paris, 1809-1830). The book, ('Description of Egypt' in English), documents Napoleon's (1769-1821) military and scientific expedition to Egypt in 1798. Baron Dominique Vivant Denon (1747-1825) headed a group of the leading scholars, artists and scientists of the day who accompanied the expedition.