Luigi Mayer, an Italian painter, created, among other travel descriptions, a wonderful series of drawings of pre-Napoleonic Egypt, commissioned by the British Ambassador to Constantinople (Istanbul), Robert Ainslie, at the turn to the 19th century. Mayer's drawings were supremely implemented as aquatint engravings by Thomas Milton and very handsomely hand colored. The various plates were dated between 1801 and 1803. They were published by R. Bowyer in London in the year 1804 as "Views in Egypt, Palestine and other parts of the Ottoman Empire". With historic observations, and incidental illustrations of the manners and customs of the natives of that country .