Original copper engraving, from Description de l'Égypte, (A Vol. I,Plate 61). Published in France by L'Imprimerie Imperiale, 1809-1813 and L'Imprimerie Royale, 1817-1829. Good condition apart from some foxing. Embossed stamp of L'Imprimerie Royale upper right. The middle and lower portion of the engraving shows the hieroglyphic wall of the Northern Gate of the ancient Egyptian Temple Complex at Denderah. Also represented are the architectural plan, sections, and several details of the Northern Gate. Commissioned in 15 BC by Roman Emperor Augustus and built by the Roman governor of Egypt, Petronius, the Denderah complex of buildings was dedicated to Isis, Osiris, and two deified sons of the local Nubian chieftain, Pediese. The Small Temple of Dendur and a map of the architectural remains at the site, not shown in the above photographs, are also available to view on 1stdibs item of our gallery. The Small Temple is located in the site's walled enclosure, was gifted to the United States in 1965 to express Egypt's gratitude for American help in the excavation and rescue of ancient Egyptian architecture threatened by the construction of the Assuan Dam. The Small Temple was initially intended to be relocated on the banks of the Potomac or the Charles Rivers. But in order to avoid outdoor weathering of its sandstone blocks, it was decided instead to reconstruct the temple inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City where it has been preserved and splendidly exhibited since 1978. Description de l'Égypte (Description of Egypt) was a multi-volume, deluxe publication, the first volume of which appeared in 1809 and and the final volume in 1829. This project aimed to comprehensively catalog all known aspects of ancient and contemporary Egypt including its natural history of flora and fauna. Following Napoleon's conquest of Egypt, the French government dispatched 160 civilian scholars and scientists along with 2000 artists, including 400 engravers, to accompany Napoleon's expedition to Egypt (1798 to 1801). The resulting 17-volume Description de l'Égypte' is considered to be one of the most extensive archeological and anthropological studies ever undertaken.
- Creation year1809 - 1813
- Movement & Style
H 25.0 in. x W 37.0 in.
H 63.5 cm x W 93.98 cm
- Gallery locationNew York, NY
- Reference numberLU5182388273
Shipping, Returns & Payment
About the Seller
1stdibs seller since 2014
Typical response time: 26 hrs
Located in New York, NY
You may also contact the seller by phone
More From This Seller
The Western Egyptian Obelisk at Thebes. Louqsor
Jean-Baptiste Prosper Jollois
"Details de Trois Faces de L'Obelisque Occidental Du Palais. Thebes.Louqsor (Vol III. Pl. 12).."From: "Description de l'Égypte" (Description of Egypt). Over-sized, original engra...
James StephanoffThe King Seated in St. Edward's Chair Crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1824
The King Seated in St. Edward's Chair Crowned b...
Original hand-colored engraving by James Stephanoff published 1824 of "The King Seated in St. Edward's Chair Crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury" at the Coronation of George IV ...
Frontal View of the Maritime Theater at Hadria...
1825 original engraving by Luigi Rossini. "Avannzi dell' Anfitreatro creduto Marittimo in Villa Adriano, annesso ai Tempio delli Stoici" (Frontal view of the Mariitime Amphitheater ...
The Ceremony of the Homage
Original hand-colored engraving by James Stephanoff published 1824 of "The Ceremony of the Homage at the Coronation of George IV on the 19th of July, 1821. George IV (George Augustu...
You May Also Like
Leonor Fini - Man Fallen From Horse, Hand-Signe...
Leonor FINI Man Fallen From Horse Engraving Signed by the hand of the artist on bottom right and numbered Edition:137/186 Seal of the printer 67 x 52 cm Leonor Fini is ...
Arman - Saint Michel - Rare Portfolio of 12 Ser...
Rare Portfolio of 12 Serigraphies and Engravings: 12 Sérigraphies and 2 engravings, one by Arman and one by André Verdet Title: Saint Michel - The Observatory Hand Signed Dimen...
Gilbert ShoenbrodThe Hunter, 1937, 1937
$760 Sale Price
The Hunter, 1937
Drypoint etching of "The Hunter" (Native American) by Gilbert Adam Shoenbrod (American, 1903-1996). Created in 1937 with an edition of 50. Signature signed in pencil, lower...
Bather - Original Handsigned Etching - 50 copie...
Louis LEGRAND (1863-1951) Bather, 1911 Original drypoint etching Pencil signed bottom right (also plate signed on the right) Numbered 38/50 Bearing G Pellet editor stamp On vellum ...
Jean- Louis Forain (1852-1931), Similitudes, etching and drypoint, not signed [signed in the plate upper right], 1880, from the total edition of 545, on wove paper, in generally good...
Hermine David (1886-1970) La Corrida, etching and drypoint, 1929, signed and numbered (20/100) in pencil (Inventaire Bibliotheque Nationale de France #22). From Trois Plates au Nou...
Reginald Marsh (1898-1954), Opera Box, 1936, engraving, signed, numbered and annotated in pencil (State II 4/5, “to Dolsy and Eddie”); one of only 11 proofs. Reference: Sasowsky 162,...
Le Bourg de Batz
William Strang, R.A., R.E.
William Strang (1859-1921), Le Bourg de Batz, etching and drypoint on copper, 1913, signed in pencil lower right [also signed and dated in the plate]. Reference: Binyon 654, only st...