[European Buildings at Calcutta]Edifices Européens
[published Paris, 1811]
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark approx 490 x 355mm (19¼ x 13¾"). With letterpress description in French and English. Central fold as issued; uncut sheet.
Crossroads in Calcutta, the capital of India at the time this print was made, showing buildings including the house of the justices of peace, and the sale rooms. 'In the background is seen the monument erected before the old fort, in commemoration of the black hole: where so many English prisonners perished in 1756, by the cruel orders of the Soubab Sarajah Douhla' (from accompanying letterpress). From the third volume of Balthazar Solvyns' 'Les Hindoûs'. 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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