P.J. de Loutherbourg. “The Landing of the British Troops in Egypt on the 8th of March 1801 ” London: Anthony Cardon, 1804. 21 x 29 3/4. Stipple engraving. Very good condition.
In 1798, France invaded Egypt to pose a danger to Britain’s position in the Mediterranean and India. The following year the French fleet was destroyed at the Battle of the Nile thus trapping the French Army in Egypt. In 1801, the British launched an invasion of Egypt under the command of General Sir Ralph Abercromby. Landing in Aboukir Bay, near Alexandria, the successful amphibious attack would lead to British victory in the Battle of Alexandria on March 21, in which British control of Egypt was guaranteed.