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Finding aid for the Louis-François Cassas materials for Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phoénicie, de la Palaestine, et la Basse Aegypte, 1795-1823
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical / Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of 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,
    Date (inclusive): 1795-1823
    Number: 840011
    Creator/Collector: Cassas, Louis François, 1756-1827
    Physical Description: 10.0 linear feet (5 boxes, 21 flat file folders)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    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

    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.

    Administrative 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. The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 840011

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the repository in 1984.

    Processing History

    The collection was cataloged by Isabella Zuralski, with revisions made by Karen Meyer-Roux in October 2013.

    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.

    Scope and Content of 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: S Series I. Bound prints, undated; Series II. Bound manuscripts, 1798, undated; Series III. Unbound manuscripts, 1797, undated; eries IV. Unbound prints and drawings, 1795-1823, undated.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

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

    Subjects - Places

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

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Drawings--France--18th century
    Engravings--France--18th century
    Etchings--France--18th century
    Ledgers (account books)--France--18th century
    Prints--France--18th century
    Proofs before letters--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
    Cassas, Louis François, 1756-1827
    Cathelin, Louis Jacques, 1739-1804
    Copeau, fl. 1799-1800
    Coquet, 18th/19th cent.
    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, J. D. B.
    Filhol, Antoine Michel, 1759-1812
    Garreau, Louis
    Godefroy, Jean, 1771-1839
    Guette, fl. 1799-1800
    Helvis, fl. 1799-1800
    Hulk, Abraham Jacobsz., b. 1751
    Ingouf, François Robert, 1747-1812
    Le Tellier, Charles François, 1743-1800 or 9
    Le Vasseur, Jean Charles, 1734-1816
    Lepagelet, fl. 1786-1807
    Liénard, Jean-Bapt., b. 1750
    Malapeau, Claude-Nicolas, 1755-1804
    Malbeste, Georges, 1754-1843
    Masquelier, Louis-Joseph, 1741-1811
    Mathieu, Jean, 1749-1815
    Michelinot, fl. 1781
    Miger, Simon Charles
    Moisy, Alexandre, 1763-ca. 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
    Pierron, Jean Antoine, fl. 1780-1812
    Pillement, Jean, 1728-1808
    Pleé, François
    Racine, Jean-Bapt., b. 1747
    Ransonnette, Pierre Nicolas, 1745-1810
    Réville, Jean-Baptiste, 1767-1825
    Taraval, Gustave, 1738-1794
    Tilliard, Jean-Baptiste, 1740-1813
    Varin, Charles Nicolas, 1741-1812