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Andre Dutertre: self-portrait (ca. 1799)


Fig.1: Self-Portrait of Andre Dutertre (ca.1798-9).

One of the artists in the Napoleonic expedition to Egypt, Andre Dutertre was a skilled painter who had done portraits of Napoleon and many other French politicians and military figures.

In Egypt he adapted easily to the requirments of accurately drawing ancient ruins and artifacts. Dutertre also performed the historically invaluable service of drawing most of the major characters in the expedition, ranging from generals to his fellow artists, mainly in profile. Some, including this self-portrait, show an interesting element of caricature. These drawings were published in the 1830s,  after the final volumes had come out of the Description de l'Egypte, in which Dutretre's archaeological drawings were included.


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