''None of Prisse's contemporaries had the skill or endurance to bring such an endeavor to such a brilliant end. He was far ahead of his time in his awareness of the vulnerability of the monuments and the need to protect them and to record them. His were the first reliable drawings of Egyptian architecture and ornaments and the first plans and sections of constructions newly excavated. He returned to Paris Ýin 1860 with a rich harvest of 300 drawings, 400 meters of squeezes, and 150 photographs.'' -- Maarten J. Raven, Curator of the Egyptian Department, the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden.
About the Author
Emile Prisse d'Avennes (1807-79) is the author of Islamic Art in Cairo (see page 4).