In 1810, Gros exhibited a massive painting of Napoleon at the 1798 Battle of the Pyramids, one of the rare French triumphs in the failed campaign to conquer Egypt (1789-1801). After Napoleon first fell from power in 1814, the painting went into storage, until the new king Louis-Philippe chose to resurrect it for a history museum in Paris. However, perhaps to diminish Napoleon's significance, the government asked Gros to amplify the original with an addition at each end. This painting incorporates General Kléber, a famously successful military leader who had been excluded from the original painting.
Fonte: Egyptian Family (Sketch for "The Battle of the Pyramids"), c. 1835. Antoine-Jean Gros (French, 1771-1835). Oil on linen; framed: 377.2 x 154.9 x 12.7 cm (148 1/2 x 61 x 5 in.); unframed: 353.1 x 132.1 cm (139 x 52 in.); former: 306.8 x 131.5 cm (120 13/16 x 51 3/4 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund 1972.17.2