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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Adminstrative Information
  • Alternate Form Available
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of the Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Louis François Cassas Materials for Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoénicie, de la Palaestine, et la Basse Aegypte
    Dates: 1795-1823
    Collection Number: 840011
    Creator: Cassas, Louis François, 1756-1827
    Extent: ca. 10 linear ft. (5 boxes, 21 flat file folders)
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    Abstract: Preparatory drawings made by Louis François Cassas, manuscripts, and printed proofs for the publication Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoénicie, de la Palaestine, et la Basse Aegypte, issued in three volumes in Paris between 1799-1800.
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    Language: Collection material is in French

    Adminstrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Louis François Cassas Materials for Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoénicie, de la Palaestine, et la Basse Aegypte, 1799-1823. Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 840011

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the repository in 1984.

    Alternate Form Available

    Microfilm is available of manuscripts shelved in box 5, f. 3 (complete except agreements with engravers), f. 4, f. 5, and f. 6 (all complete).
    Negatives and photographic prints are available for the prints and drawings housed in the flat file folders, and of the manuscripts in box 3*.
    Photocopies of some of the items housed in box 5: the printed prospectus, agreements with engravers, and the text on the ruins of Palmyra.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    The French painter and architect Louis François Cassas (1756-1827) was a member of the retinue of the French ambassador to the Ottoman court, Count Marie Gabriel August de Choiseul-Gouffier. Commissioned by the ambassador, he travelled from 1784 to 1787 to Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Cyprus, and Asia Minor and drew ancient sites, many of which had never before been recorded. An earlier commission in 1782 was for a series of views of the Istrian and Dalmatian coast. These drawings were reproduced in engraving in his book Voyage pittoresque et historique de l'Istrie et de la Damatie (Paris, 1802). Cassas returned to Paris in 1792. After the Revolution he became drawing professor at the Gobelins Tapestry Manufactory, where he remained until his death.

    Scope and Content of the Collection

    The collection consists of printed proofs, drawings, and manuscript material made in preparation for Cassas's magnificent publication Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoénicie, de la Palaestine, et la Basse Aegypte (variant title: Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phénicie, de la Palestine, et de la Basse Egytpe), published in three volumes in Paris between 1799-1800. The prints reproduce drawings Cassas made when travelling (1784-1787) in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Cyprus, and Asia Minor to record ancient monuments, other sites of interest, scenes from daily life, and local costume. Present in the collection are three bound volumes, including two volumes of prints and one volume of documents; sixty-four unbound prints and drawings; a printed prospectus, and several unbound manuscripts.


    Arranged in 4 series: Series I. Bound prints, undated Series II. Bound manuscripts, 1798, undated Series III. Unbound manuscripts, 1797, undated Series IV. Unbound prints and drawings, 1795-1823, undated

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Antiquities, Roman
    Antiquities, Islamic
    Costume, Ottoman
    Costume—Middle East
    Temples—Middle East—Designs and plans
    Architecture, Ancient—Syria
    Architecture, Ancient—Turkey
    Architecture, Ancient—Lebanon
    Architecture, Ancient—Egypt
    Architecture, Ancient—Palestine
    Architecture, Ancient—Cyprus
    Architecture, Ancient—Syria—Designs and plans
    Architecture, Ancient—Lebanon—Designs and plans
    Architecture, Ancient—Egypt—Designs and plans
    Architecture, Ancient—Palestine—Designs and plans

    Subjects - Places

    Turkey—History—Ottoman Empire, 1288-1918
    Egypt—Social life and customs
    Antioch in Pisidia (Extinct city)
    Balabakk (Lebanon)—Antiquities
    Tadmur (Syria)—Antiquities
    Aleppo (Syria)—Antiquities
    Tyre (Lebanon)
    Temple Mount (Jerusalem)—Designs and plans
    Amathus (Extinct city)—Antiquities
    Idalion (Extinct city)—Antiquities
    Jizah (Egypt)—Antiquities

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Drawings—France—18th century
    Prints—France—18th century
    Engravings—France—18th century
    Etchings—France—18th century
    Proofs before letters—France—18th century
    Ledgers (account books)—France—18th century


    Baquoy, Pierre Charles, 1759-1829
    Benoist, M. A., fl. 1780-1820
    Berthault, Pierre Gabriel, 1737-1831
    Boutrois, Philibert, fl. 1775-1814
    Bovinet, Edme, 1767-1832 or 7
    Cassas, Louis François, 1756-1827
    Cathelin, Louis Jacques, 1739-1804
    Coquet, 18th/19th cent.
    Copeau, fl. 1799-1800
    Croutelle, Louis, 1765?-1829
    Daudet, Robert, 1737-1824
    De la Porte, J. J.
    Delaunay, Robert, 1749-1814
    Dequevauviller, François Nicolas Barthélemy, 1745-1807
    Desmaisons, 1780-1834?
    Duparc, Marie Alexandre, fl. 1780-1822
    Dupréel, Jean-Baptiste-Michel, fl. 1787-1828
    Filhol, Antoine Michel, 1759-1812
    Garreau, Louis, fl. 1782-1783 or 9
    Godefroy, Jean, 1771-1839
    Guette, fl. 1799-1800
    Helvis, fl. 1799-1800
    Hulk, Abraham Jacobsz., fl. 1772-1817
    Ingouf, François-Robert, 1747-1812
    Lepagelet, fl. 1786-1807
    Le Tellier, Charles François, 1743-1800 or 9
    Le Vasseur, Jean Charles, 1734-1816
    Liénard, Jean-Bapt., b. 1750
    Malbeste, George, 1754-1843
    Malapeau, Claude-Nicolas, 1755-1804
    Masquelier, Louis-Joseph, 1741-1811
    Mathieu, Jean, 1749-1815
    Michelinot, fl. 1781
    Miger, Simon Charles
    Moisy, Alexandre, 1763-1827?
    Neé François-Denis, 1732-1817
    Niquet, Claude, b. ca. 1760
    Nitot, Michel, b. 1759
    Patas, Charles Emmanuel, 1744-1802
    Pauquet, Jean Louis Charles, 1759-1824
    Perrier, Louis, 1768-1824
    Picquenot, Michel, b. 1747
    Piérron, Jean Antoine, fl. 1780-1812
    Pillement, Jean, 1728-1808
    Pleé, François
    Racine, Jean-Bapt., b. 1747
    Réville, Jean-Baptiste, 1767-1825
    Ransonnette, Pierre Nicolas, 1745-1810
    Taraval, Gustave, 1738-1794
    Tilliard, Jean-Baptiste, 1740-1813
    Varin, Charles Nicolas, 1741-1812