Napoleon and the Scientific Expedition to Egypt

An exhibition of the Description de l’Egypte (1809-1828) and other rare books documenting the French Expedition to Egypt.

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This montage of the principal monuments of ancient Egypt includes in the foreground the great Sphinx at the Giza complex, the obelisk at Alexandria, the ram-headed sphinxes from Karnak, the circular zodiac from Dendera, and the Rosetta Stone. Image source: Napoleon I, (Edme-François) Jomard, and Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Fourier. Description de l’Egypte: ou, Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Egypte pendant l’expédition de l’armee Française. Antiquités planches, vol. 1, A Paris: De L’Imprimerie impériale, 1809-1828, frontispiece.

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Napoleon and the Scientific Expedition to Egypt was conceived, designed, and written by Bruce Bradley and William B. Ashworth, Jr., with assistance from Cindy Rogers. The printed catalog and the graphic panels for the original exhibition were designed by Jake Marshall. The web pages were designed by Lyn Marie Harris. Migration of the exhibit to the digital platform done by Rebeca Escamilla.

This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of the J.E. Dunn Construction Company.