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On display at V&A South Kensington
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Vue de Obélisque dite de Cléopatre à Alexandrie

1798 (painted)
Place Of Origin

Watercolour drawing

object details
Object Type
Additional TitleCleopatra's Needle' (popular title)
Materials and Techniques
Water- and bodycolour, heightened with white, over pencil, on laid paper watermarked X
Brief Description
Watercolour, Vue de Obélisque dite de Cléopatre à Alexandrie, 1798 [`Cleopatra's Needle'], Baron Dominique Vivant Denon
Physical Description
Watercolour drawing
  • Height: 20.6cm
  • Width: 25.8cm
  • Image height: 257mm (Measured by Conservation in 2012)
  • Image width: 206mm (Measured by Conservation in 2012)
Marks and Inscriptions
Inscribed with title on back; inscribed and numbered on former mount Aiguille de Cléopatre - Alexandrie. No-7.
Credit line
Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A
Object history
According to Rodney Searight: - `Bt. fr. Valenti, Oct.1967, £15 Ex colln- Duc de Montpensier, No. 7 in catalogue - '.
Historical context
Denon saw the monuments of Alexandria with Napoleon in July 1798. See Denon, Voyage..., Bagster edn., 1809, p.29.
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Bibliographic References
  • 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
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record createdJanuary 5, 2008
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