[Horse richly caparisoned, and a Tattou]Cheval richement caparaçonné et Tattou.
[published Paris, 1811]
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark approx 245 x 350mm (9½ x 13¾"). With letterpress description in French and English. Uncut sheet.
Arabian horse, 'the race most esteemed in Hindoostan, of which considerable numbers are constantly imported...the horse near the Arabian is a Tattou, or one of the Hindoo race. For size and beauty he bears no comparison with the other, but is superior to him for use...' (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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