Liza Oliver is Assistant Professor of Art History and an affiliate faculty of South Asia Studies at Wellesley College. She researches and publishes on visual cultures of colonialism in the 18th and 19th centuries. She has a particular interest in early 19th-century European print culture and has previously published on the Napoleonic Description de l’Egypte (1809 1828). Her current book project, Forging French India: Art, Trade, and Imperialism in the Early Modern Era, explores the integration of the French East India Company with the 17th- and 18th-century textile industries of India’s Coromandel Coast.

Engraving the Nation: Spain’s Islamic Heritage in the Era of Napoleonic Expansion

Fig. 1. I. Shury, after James Cavanah Murphy, Cornices, Capitals, and Columns in the Alhamra from The Arabian Antiquities of Spain, plate 88 (1815), engraving, 64 x 48 cm. Northwestern University Library, Evanston, IL.

The memory of the Moors is still alive in Granada. One would say that it was yesterday that they left the city, and, if one judges from what they left behind, it really is a shame. Read More