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"Two views of Alexandria, Egypt, c 1798."


2 8 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 20cm


"Engravings by Reville after Protain and Cecile showing a street leading to the old port, and the Grand Bazaar. On the right a European soldier is talking to a local, while a knife grinder sharpens a blade on a foot-powered grinding wheel. 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. "

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