Antique Etching 1804 Dendera Temple Zodiac
Antique Etching 1804 Dendera Temple Zodiac
Antique Etching 1804 Dendera Temple Zodiac
Antique Etching 1804 Dendera Temple Zodiac

Antique Etching 1804 Dendera Temple Zodiac

Regular price £250.00 Sale

The sculptured Dendera zodiac (or Denderah zodiac) is a widely known relief found in a late Greco-Roman temple, containing images of Taurus (the bull) and the Libra (the balance).  A sketch was made of it during the Napoleonic campaign in Egypt.  In 1820 it was removed from the temple ceiling and is now in the Louvre.  Champollion's guess that it was Ptolemaic proved correct and Egyptologists now date it to the first century BC. 

John Wilkes (1750 – March 31, 1810) was an English printer, bookseller and stationer.  He was a Freeman of Winchester and proprietor of the Hampshire Chronicle.  With Peter Barfoot he ran the British Directory Office in London, which published the Universal British Directory from 1790 to 1798 after obtaining a royal patent.  He "compiled, digested and arranged" the Encyclopaedia Londinensis; or, universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature, which was published between about 1801 and 1828 in 24 volumes, with three volumes of copperplate engravings.[1] Some extensive articles were also published separately, viz. Horology (1811). 
He owned Milland House, the "chief residence"[2] in Milland, West Sussex.  It was described later as "a remote, old-fashioned country house of antique appearance, and difficult of access, arranged in a style that would now be considered out of date.  It contained a brewery, bakery, servants hall... The house was built by Peter Bettesworth in 1584, and was completely destroyed by fire November 6th, 1901.  The interior contained a very fine staircase in oak, of Jacobean character, and the drawing room was fitted with some oak panelling of the same character and date. 
Lettered below the image with the title and 'J. Chapman sculpsit / London, Published as the Act directs May. 5th. 1804, by J. Wilkes. 

Stipple: This term is a variety of intaglio printmaking in which the tone is created by making numerous dots on the plate, either directly or via etching. 
This term is a printmaking method, a variety of intaglio printmaking, in which the lines are bitten by acid into a metal plate. 

Dominique Vivant, Baron Denon (4 January 1747 – 27 April 1825) was a French artist, writer, diplomat, author, and archaeologist. He was appointed as the first Director of the Louvre museum by Napoleon after the Egyptian campaign of 1798–1801, and is commemorated in the Denon Wing of the modern museum.  His two-volume Voyage dans la basse et la haute Egypte ("Journey in Lower and Upper Egypt"), 1802, was the foundation of modern Egyptology. 

Publishers & Printers : John Wilkes 

23.5 21.5cm image only 
28.5 x 23 cm with margins 
42 x 39.7 cm with mount 
Good Antique Condition 
***Previously held in a private museum collection along with many other Ethnic Tribal &