Nov 15, 2012
Oct 28, 2008

Study for "The Revolt of Cairo"

Study for "The Revolt of Cairo"


Pen and brown ink; framing lines in pen and brown ink

Support: Tracing paper (discolored overall because of the adhesive showing through the verso), laid down on cream laid paper

Sheet: 28.1 x 43 cm (11 1/16 x 16 15/16 in.); Secondary Support: 29.8 x 44.4 cm (11 3/4 x 17 1/2 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.372



Girodet made this linear study early on in the process of planning his Revolt of Cairo (see photo), which today hangs in the National Museum of the Château of Versailles. The composition shows French soldiers crushing a rebellion in Cairo prompted by Napoleon's invasion and occupation of the city in 1798. The very thin support of the drawing and its even contour lines indicate that the artist might have produced it by tracing an earlier version of the composition. The museum owns a rough oil sketch for The Revolt of Cairo that is about half the size of the present drawing.

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