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Watercolour - Vue de Obélisque dite de Cléopatre à Alexandrie
  • Vue de Obélisque dite de Cléopatre à Alexandrie
    Denon, Dominique Vivant Baron, born 1747 - died 1825
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Vue de Obélisque dite de Cléopatre à Alexandrie

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    Alexandria (painted)

  • Date:

    1798 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Denon, Dominique Vivant Baron, born 1747 - died 1825 (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Water- and bodycolour, heightened with white, over pencil, on laid paper watermarked X

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:

    SD.313

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case SC, shelf 11

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

Alexandria (painted)

Date

1798 (painted)

Artist/maker

Denon, Dominique Vivant Baron, born 1747 - died 1825 (painter)

Materials and Techniques

Water- and bodycolour, heightened with white, over pencil, on laid paper watermarked X

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed with title on back; inscribed and numbered on former mount Aiguille de Cléopatre - Alexandrie. No-7.

Dimensions

Height: 20.6 cm, Width: 25.8 cm, Height: 257 mm image Measured by Conservation in 2012, Width: 206 mm image Measured by Conservation in 2012

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `Bt. fr. Valenti, Oct.1967, £15 Ex colln- Duc de Montpensier, No. 7 in catalogue - '.

Historical context note

Denon saw the monuments of Alexandria with Napoleon in July 1798. See Denon, Voyage..., Bagster edn., 1809, p.29.

Descriptive line

Watercolour, Vue de Obélisque dite de Cléopatre à Alexandrie, 1798 [`Cleopatra's Needle'], Baron Dominique Vivant Denon

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Searight, Rodney and Scarce, Jennifer M., A Middle Eastern journey : artists on their travels from the collection of Rodney Searight, Talbot Rice Art Centre, 1980
Searight, Rodney. The Middle East : watercolours and drawings by British and foreign artists and travellers, 1750-1900, from the collection of Rodney Searight, Esq. London, 1971

Materials

Watercolour

Techniques

Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted

Cleopatra's Needle; Obelisks

Categories

Architecture; Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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