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.
Open air school in India 'before the house of the Brahmun who teaches'. The accompanying letterpress describes how students learn Sanskrit and 'the vulgar tongue of the country' by writing in the sand and upon banana leaves (shown here), while the master holds a pipe and 'a small bambou which he uses as a ferula'. Other students read documents 'upon the dry leaves of the palm, which, when assembled together, are called Poytas'. 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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