The painted scene illustrates a combat near the ruined tombs of Baalbek in the mountains of Syria. The scene was adapted by Le Bel from a drawing by the peripatetic Louis-Francois Cassas (1756–1827), whose travels took him from northern Europe to Istria, Constantinople, Asia Minor, and Egypt. Cassas spent nearly a month in Baalbek in 1785, and his views were etched and engraved for his "Voyage Pittoresque de la Syrie," published in 1799. Our plate comes from a set of "vues diverses "and is one of only two in the series to depict a scene outside France. The service was begun during the Napoleonic period but was completed in 1816, when it was delivered to Louis XVIII.
Signature: Written in black at bottom of scene, in script: LB.
Inscription: Written in purple on bottom: Tombeaux prés de Balbeck, / en Syrie.; written in green on bottom: 10-011.12
Marking: Printed in red on bottom:  Manufacture [Impériale] Sèvres in a circle [enclosing crowned eagle] (Sèvres factory mark 1813–15); printed in blue on bottom:  Crossed Ls enclosing fleur-de-lis [and year numerals, effaced] (Sèvres factory mark 1814–24); painted in gold on bottom:  MC12...zz;  g.12o;  30 N-W;  TZ; incised on bottom:  OZ underlines (code for 1811);  script T (probably for Joseph Thion père, tourneur, 1754–1814; working 1771–76, 1783–1814)
Louis XVIII, King of France (after 1816) ; [ Michel Meyer , Paris, until 1994; sold to MMA ]