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Architecture, Egypt, Cairo House Facade, Napoleonic Expeditions, Antique Print, Paris, Early 19th Century


Cecile, Dutertre, Febre, Jollois, Jomard et al. (after)
Baltard, Leclerc, Ransonette, Reville et al. (engravers)
Lepere et al. (architectural plans)
Le Kaire,  E.M., Volume I, Plate 58
[Elevation of the House of Ibrahim Kikheyd El Sennary, Cairo]
from Description de l’Egypte ou Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Egypte pendant l’expedition de l’armée Française
[Description of Egypt or Collection of Observations and Research Which Has Been Done in Egypt During the Expedition of the French Army]

Paris: 1st quarter, 19th Century
Copperplate engraving, uncolored
21.25 x 16.5 inches, plate mark
27.75 x 21.25 inches, overall

An engraving from a set illustrating art, architecture and natural history documented during Napoleon’s French campaign in Egypt and Syria at the turn of the 18th century. According to the description on this print, it shows an architectural elevation drawing of the facade of the house of Ibrahim Kikheyd El Sennary. The intricate geometric decorations are faithfully depicted. The scale in feet and decimeters are shown in the lower margin on either side of the title.

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Description de l’Égypte was published over a 20-year period with the ambitious goal of cataloguing all known aspects of ancient and modern Egypt, including its natural history. It was based on the work of the Institut d’Égypte, established by Napoleon Bonaparte in a palace outside of Cairo during his expedition in Egypt as part of the French Revolutionary Wars (1798-1801). 160 civilian scholars and scientists worked in the institute’s library, laboratories, and workshops. The idea of a comprehensive publication was conceived by the end of 1798. Production of the finished work took place on a monumental scale, involving 2000 artists and technicians, including 400 engravers. Among the prominent French artists who contributed to this work were botanical artist Pierre-Joseph Redoute and ornithological artist Jacques Barraband. There were two editions beginning in 1808, but in general, there are 10 volumes of plates comprising a total of 894 plates made from over 3000 drawings. Of these ten, the first five volumes of plates depicted Antiquitiés [Antiquities], two État Moderne [Modern State], two  Histoire Naturelle [Natural History] and one of maps. The second edition is known as the Panckoucke edition, published by Charles Louis Fleury Panckoucke in the 1820s.

Subtitle lower margin: “Élévation de la Maison d’Ibrahim Kikheyd El Sennary.”

Condition: Generally very good with the usual toning, wear, handling, soft creases. Occasional scattered light foxing. Margins with scattered short tears, chipping, etc., all easily matted out.


“Description de l’Égypte.” Wikipedia. 4 August 2020. (22 January 2021).

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19th Century