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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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