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.
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.
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