PriArc PhD Eirik Bøhn gives the lecture “The Pen and the Chisel: Outlining Ancient Egypt for a Modern European Future” at the Royal Drawing School at Shoreditch, London, 26 June 2019. Bøhn explores the role of drawings and engravings in the Napoleonic survey of Egypt, arguing that these images of Egyptian antiquity pointed as much towards an imperial future as to a lost past.
Image: ‘Thèbes, Karnak. Élévation perspective de la porte du sud.’ Engraving by V. Texier and E. Bovinet after a drawing by M. Lancret with figures etched by J. Duplessi-Bertaux, 1812.
From Description de l’Égypte. Antiquités planches, vol. III, pl. 51. The New York Public Library.