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Voyage Pittoresque De La Syrie, De La Phoenicie, De La Palestine, Et De La Basse Egypte

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    1799 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cassas, Louis-François, born 1756 - died 1827 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching in a volume

  • 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:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 90, shelf 5

Physical description

Etching depicting a view in the Middle East from a volume of 180 plates (three volumes in one). Half bound in red calf. Most plates Lettered variously 'Dessiné par L.F.Cassas' or with similar reference to Cassas, and with name(s) of engravers. Most plates also numbered with volume and plate numbers. The plates are not lettered with titles.

Place of Origin

Paris (printed)


1799 (printed)


Cassas, Louis-François, born 1756 - died 1827 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching in a volume


Height: 56.2 cm Size of covers, Width: 36.1 cm

Descriptive line

Etching by Louis François Cassas entitled 'Antioche, appelée par les Arabes Antha kyéh', from a volume (three volumes in one, comprised of 180 plates in total) entitled 'Voyage Pittoresque De La Syrie, De La Phoenicie, De La Palestine, Et De La Basse Egypte'. Paris, 1799.

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

From 1784 to 1786, Cassas lived and worked at the French embassy. In 1784 he accompanied the French Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire on his mission to Constantinople. Commissioned thus, he travelled from 1784 to 1787 engaged in making drawings for the Ambassador's second volume of Voyage pittoresque de la Grèce, published in 1809.
He visited Egypt from October to December 1785, and drew the antiquities of Alexandria, the pyramids of Giza and the mosques of Cairo. Shortly after this, he made several drawings of Palmyra in the desert of Syria, visited the Holy Land and illustrated the ruins of Baalbek in Lebanon. He also painted Palestine, Cyprus and Asia Minor, drawing ancient Middle Eastern sites, many of which had never been recorded.

At the beginning of the French Revolution, the artist returned to France via Rome, arriving in Paris in 1792. The result of his labours then appeared in the Voyage Pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phenicie, de la Palestine, et de la Basse Egypte, which he began publishing in 1799.








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