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Title

Chief of the Mamelukes on horseback, calling for help

1817

Artist

Antoine-Jean Baron Gros

France

17 Mar 1771 – 26 Jun 1835

  • Details

    Date
    1817
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    lithograph
    Dimensions
    37.0 x 27.0 cm sheet (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1990
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    378.1990
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Antoine-Jean Baron Gros

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Gros was one of the leading painters during the reigns of Emperor Napoleon, King Louis XVIII and King Charles X. He made only 2 lithographs, both inspired by orientalist themes. Interest in the Orient was at its height because of the Napoleonic campaigns in Egypt and Syria. The mamelukes were defeated by Napoleon at the Battle of the Pyramids in 1798. But so impressed was Napoleon by the ferocity of their warfare that he recruited his own regiment of mamelukes as part of the Imperial Guard.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication