[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.
'There are at present in Hindoostan few Bazars frequented exclusively by Hindoos: this which the print represents is of that number' (from accompanying letterpress). The scene shows merchants selling fish, meat, fruit and vegetables. 'An European who is satisfied with a simple diet may live very cheap in India, but once luxuries are admitted, the expence of the table becomes enormous, particularly respecting wines'. 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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