The rider was drawn from a wall scene at Karnak depicting a jumble of horses in Seti I's battle against the Canaanites. A member of Napoleon Bonaparte's expedition no doubt noticed the mounted soldier unique among all the chariot teams on the relief.
Drawings from the expediton were first published in the Description de l'Égypte series between 1809-1828. One reprint of Description de l'Égypte was published by Bibliotheque de l'Image, 1998. The Monuments of Egypt The Napoleonic Edition 1987 edited by Charles Coulston Gillispie and Michel Dewachter includes all the volumes reprinted along with additional biographical text about the engineers and architects who recorded the artifacts.