Scarcity in India [&] British Plenty.
Pair of stipple engravings with large margins. Platemarks: 330 x 440mm. (13 x 17¼").
A pair of scenes after Henry Singleton (1766 - 1839) which contrast British wealth with food shortages in India at a time of famine in Bengal between 1769-1770. In contrast with 'Scarcity in India', which shows two men vying for the attentions of one girl, 'British Plenty' shows a single seaman between two girls. Although they appear to be selling the man vegetables, their fine dresses indicate that they are most likely prostitutes. "Scarcity in India" depicts two young Englishmen offering trinkets to a young Indian girl outside a rural village.
[Ref: 29938] £360.00