The Obelisk of Luxor

Jean-Baptiste Apollinaire Lebas, a collection of drawings and prints boards

Elevation and plan of the slaughtering and erection apparatuses of the original obelisk, in "The obelisk of Louqsor", pl.10
The obelisk of Louqsor / by M. Lebas, marine engineer.
© National Museum of the Navy / A. Fux

The obelisk of Luxor
[1831], collection of drawings and prints

Jean-Baptiste Apollinaire Lebas
(1797-1873)

When we pass the Obelisk of Place de la Concorde, we can not imagine what spectacular operations were necessary to carry out its transport and then its erection in the center of the Parisian square, or how the ingenious participation of the French navy has been decisive for carrying out these operations.

Jean-Baptiste Apollinaire Lebas (1797-1873) was entrusted to 1831 with the delicate missions of the slaughter, transport and erection of the Obelisk of Louqsor. Since the departure of Toulon du Luxor (the vessel built for this purpose) the 15 April 1831 in October 1836, date of the erection of the monument, it took 5 years to the engineer to carry out this gigantic project for which involved techniques and used specifically maritime apparatuses.

King Louis-Philippe attending the ceremony of erection of the monument Place de la Concorde proposed to Lebas to reward him for his success ... He asked, by way of reward, the direction of the Museum of the Navy ... which was granted - he was director of the museum from November 1836 to January 1852. This explains the presence of these precious preparatory drawings in our collections.

National Marine Museum Library, B36


Plan of a lighter to transport from Egypt to Paris, one of the obelisks of Louqsor estimate to weigh about 200 barrels.

Lithography. 0.01 Scale

© National Museum of the Navy / A. Fux

Hieroglyphic drawings decorating the western obelisk of Luxor
The obelisk of Louqsor / by M. Lebas, marine engineer.

© National Museum of the Navy / A. Fux

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