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The British Army in Egypt

4 of 5 portraits of Sir Hildebrand Oakes

The British Army in Egypt

by Anthony Cardon, after Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg
stipple engraving, published 1806
Reference Collection
NPG D1368

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The glories of the 1801 campaign against the French in Egypt are recalled in this engraving of 1806, which was probably sold by subscription. Soldiers are shown building a monument to heroism with portraits of the generals involved in the Egyptian campaign and garlands of laurel, symbolising victory. The likenesses were based on paintings by Philip James de Loutherbourg, well known for his popular contemporary battle scenes. At the very top is General Sir Ralph Abercromby who led the campaign and was mortally wounded in a failed French counter-attack. His successor General John Hely-Hutchinson, who forced the French to evacuate Cairo, is also included.