Set of four hand-coloured etchings of Egyptian scenes by Denon

After Vivant, Dominique, Baron Denon (French, 1747 - 1825)


The vibrant studies in this set of four hand-coloured etching plates depict scenes drawn from Egypt during the time of Napoleon’s invasion of 1798.


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The four plates in this set are leaves from the famous early nineteenth-century series of French publications Description de l’Égypte. The series, published in 23 volumes between 1809 and 1822, features more than 830 engravings. The present engravings are made from sketches executed by the artist and diplomat Dominique Vivant, Baron de Denon, who travelled with Napoleon’s army as one of 150 savants during the 1798 Egyptian expedition. The result of the work of the 150 savants was eventually published as Description de l’Égypte.

Each plate features a series of hand-coloured etchings of portrait and animal studies, appropriately titled ‘Portraits’ or ‘Portraits et Animaux’. The portraits include groups of elderly men, while the animal studies include sketches of camels, snakes, and insects.

Each plate is numbered and is inscribed ‘Denon del.’ and ‘B. Comte sc.’ The plates are contained within mounts.

Mount: Height 41cm, width 56cm, depth 0.5cm
Sheet: Height 32cm, width 49cm


Artist / Maker
After Vivant, Dominique, Baron Denon (French, 1747 - 1825)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
1809 - 1822
Early 19th Century
Empire, Figurative Art, Orientalist
Paper, Watercolour


41 cm / 16.1 inches
56 cm / 22 inches


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