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July 15, 2012

Figure 1: Legion Cophte, a chromolithographic cut.

This is yet another depiction of another Coptic fighter from the Coptic Legion “Legion Cophte”. It is a chromolithographic cut, 119 X 45 mm in dimension. The artist and date are unknown to me. I do hope that one of my readers will help us in finding more about this piece of art, which can tell us a lot about those valiant Copts who formed the Coptic Legion at the close of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries to defend their people and try to secure independence for Egypt from the Ottoman Empire. They later on, when in France, fought with Napoleon Bonaparte in his European wars.

The uniform is similar to that in the postcard “Legion Cophte” by Cacao Bensdorp & Cie[i] and the painting by unidentified French artist which I have posted earlier.[ii]





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