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Andre Dutertre: self-portrait caricature (ca. 1798-9)

Self-portrait caricature by Andre Dutertre, ca.1798-9
(Louis Reybaud, Histoire de l’expédition française en Égypte, Paris 1830-36, vol.8.)

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, fortunately, also performed the historically invaluable service of drawing most of the major characters in the expedition, ranging from generals to his fellow artists. Most were pen and ink drawings, 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 Dutertre's typically high quality archaeological renderings were included.


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