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HOW THEY SAW THE COPTS: COPTIC WOMAN BY GEORGES MONTBARD IN THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS WEEKLY NEWSPAPER, 1882

March 4, 2013

Montbard

The Illustrated London News was the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper that lasted from 1842 until 2003,[1] and covered many interesting topics. Collectors pay a lot of money to get hold of its old issues. In its July 15, 1882, issue, it dedicated the issue to Egypt As It Is Seen. That was before the British occupation and the defeat of the Egyptian army at Tel El Kebir in September 1882. The issue included many sketches by what it calls its special artist. This was no one less than the French caricaturist and author Georges Montbard (1841 – 1905). Included was a print which shows seven Egyptian figures: one of them is the Coptic woman, in the cenre. It seems that this print was originally hand coloured wood engraving about 40 by 28 cm in dimension. Here is its coloured version:

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[1] It was published weekly until 1971 and then increasingly less frequently.

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