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Vues des Ruines, ca. 1808
Ink on paper
26 1/4 x 40 in. (66.68 x 101.6 cm)
The work has undergone conservation. Traces of waterstaining over approximately 60 percent of the work remain, as do marks caused by foxing.
Along upper margin: (left) A. Vol III.; (center) THEBES, KARNAK; (right) Pl. 18.
Along lower margin: (left) Cecile et Balzac del.t ("t" as superscript); (center) Desmaisons aq fort.; (right) Berthault Sc.t ("t" as superscript)
Along length of lower margin, these numbers appear in the following order, each connected to a line indicating something in the drawing: 2,1,2,3,4,4,5,3,6,7,6,8,9,9.
Slightly below center, left, "M. Girard" in cursive, written parallel to the left margin.
The ruins of the temple of Karnak in the city of Thebes, Egypt are depicted. French soldiers, villagers, palm trees and a camel in the foreground create a sense of the size of the buiildings for the viewer.
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