[Ferry, or Passage on the Ganges]Ferry
[published Paris, 1811]
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark approx 490 x 355mm (19¼ x 13¾"). Central fold as issued; uncut sheet.
Ferry across the Ganges, 'with the company going over, which is composed of women of the lower classes and their children, of Coulies or day labourers, Faquirs, Jemidars, etc. These boats are at times so overloaded, that they get over with the greatest difficulty: they sometimes even sink, and disappear for ever with all the passengers...what is most remarkable, [is that] the Hindoos do not make the slightest effort to save themselves from perishing in the Ganges: they are persuaded that, whatever accident may happen to them in passing that river, proceeds immediately from the express will of God...' (from the letterpress published with this print). From the third volume of Balthazar Solvyns' 'Les Hindoūs'. Solvyns (1760-1824), a Flemish artist who lived in Calcutta from 1791 to 1803, etched a collection of 250 plates documenting various aspects of Calcutta life. The set was first published in Calcutta, where it proved a financial failure, and Solvyns produced another set which he published in Paris after returning to Europe, although again the venture was unsuccessful, probably in part due to its publication at the height of the Napoleonic Wars. Solvyns later returned to Antwerp, where William I appointed him Captain of the Port.
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