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Battle of the Pyramids, July 21, 1798

Artist:
François André Vincent (French, Paris 1746–1816 Paris)
Former Attribution:
Formerly attributed to baron Antoine Jean Gros (French, Paris 1771–1835 Meudon)
Date:
ca. 1800
Medium:
Pen and black ink, brush and brown wash, heightened with white on beige washed paper. Squared in graphite.
Dimensions:
15 3/4 x 29 1/2 in. (41.8 x 75.1 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
51.122
Not on view
This large study is one of several Vincent executed depicting the Battle of the Pyramids, which took place on July 21, 1798 as part of Napoleon's invasion of Egypt. The project was part of a larger commission, issued in 1800 by Lucien Bonaparte, minister of the interior, for six large canvases, each by a different artist, depicting a series of battles. Although he would never complete the canvas, one can see Vincent's conception of the scene in this energetic study where a roiling, chaotic mass of horses and Mameluk soldiers on the banks of the Nile provide a powerful visual contrast to the orderly rows of French soldiers beyond.
Major General Edward James Montagu-Stuart-Wortley (British)according to vendor.; Vendor: Tooth & Sons (London)& Sons Ltd.
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