Lithograph with very large margins. Sheet 444 x 596mm (17½ x 23½").
In 1798, Napoleon led the French army into Eygpt, swiftly conquering Alexandria and Cairo. However, in October, an uprising of the people of Cairo surprised Napoleon. The population was spreading weapons around the streets and fortifying strongpoints, especially at the Great Mosque. Napoleon responded by setting up cannons in the Citadel and firing them at Azhar and areas around it. Eventually the French broke down the gates and stormed the Mosque taking absolute control of Cairo. He hunted for the perpetrators and had them executed. Published in A.V. Arnault's 'Vie politique et militaire de Napoléon', Paris, 1822-1826.
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