[Elephants and Camels]Éléphants & Chameaux
[published Paris, 1811]
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark approx 490 x 355mm (19¼ x 13¾"). Central fold as issued; uncut sheet.
'The elephants in the print are represented eating the leaves and the bark of some shrubs of which they break the branches with their trunk; they have all of them one of their legs pinched with a piece of wood, wich [sic] prevents their making their escape. At a distance are some camels following a corps of troops. The landscape is a pass in the Carnatic, the only entrance is by narrow roads' (from letterpress published with print). 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.
[Ref: 33645] £490.00