"Rosetta and the mouth of the Nile, Egypt, c 1798."
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"Engravings by Giraud after Cecile and Balzac, showing the town of Rosetta and the island of Farcheh (top), and the view from the Boghaz or mouth of the River Nile (bottom). In the foreground a European soldier loads his musket. 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. "