[Bengalee Road]Route dans le Bengale
[published Paris, 1811]
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark approx 490 x 355mm (19¼ x 13¾"). Central fold as issued; uncut sheet.
View on the road from Calcutta to Barrackpore in Bengal, with banana tree offering shade to travellers. A cart and loaded oxen travel along the road. 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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