Jean-Louis Delignon (aka Jean Louis de Lignon) (1755–c1804)
“Vue de Sphinx”, c1799, after the intermediary design by Louis-François Cassas (1756–1827) (see BnF https://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb16867019q), an impression before lettering with title and publication details possibly as illustration to Louis-François Cassas’ “Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoenicie, de la Palestine et de la Basse Égypte” (Picturesque journey through Syria, Phoenicia, Palaestine and Lower Egypt), 1799, published by the Imprimerie de la République/Dugour et Durand in Paris.
Regarding Louis-François Cassas’ publication, I understand that it consists of three volumes containing about three hundred and thirty plates (see the description of another etching from the same publication held by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston: https://collections.mfa.org/objects/629650/plate-from-voyage-pittoresque-de-la-syrie-de-la-phoenicie?ctx=b23cc01f-69fd-469a-95a7-476f1997fe58&idx=45). The description of the publication by the auction house, Piasa, showcased a single volume divided into three parts separated by white pages, featuring (in transl.) “…a total of 180 plates drawn by Cassas and etched by Berthault, Duparc, Legrand, Malapeau, Picquenot, Racine, Tilliard,… including 3 double pages and 24 foldouts” (see https://www.piasa.fr/en/products/louis-fran-ois-c-a-s-s-a-s-voyage-pittoresque-de-la-syrie-de-la-phoenicie-de-la-palestine-et-de-la-basse-gypte_1516626284_5a65e16cba82a).
Engraving with etching on chine collé on wove paper trimmed with small margins and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (support sheet) 35.9 x 43.8 cm; (sheet) 21.5 x 29.5 cm; (plate) 19.5 x 27.4 cm; (chine collé) 18 x 26.8 cm; (image borderline) 14 x 22.6 cm.
Inscribed in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Cassas.”
Lifetime impression before lettering with title and publication details.
IFF145 (see BnF https://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb44546711r)
Condition: a strong impression with small margins laid upon a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. There are handling marks around the image and a minor mark in the sky, otherwise the sheet is in a good condition with no tears, holes, folds, significant stains or foxing.
I am selling this historically important engraving showing the famous Sphinx in an early state of restoration—note the trench behind the head—around the time that Napoleon's troops purportedly (but now believe to be an incorrect allegation) shot off the statue's nose with a cannon, for AU$244 (currently US$168.25/EUR160.19/GBP137.95 at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.
If you are interested in purchasing this rare engraving—note that I have been unable to find a copy of it in any of the major museum collections—please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
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