[published Paris, 1811]
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark approx 245 x 350mm (9½ x 13¾"). With letterpress description in French and English. Uncut sheet.
Indian performers: in foreground sword-swallower on left, a juggler on right 'whose tricks are less perillous', and (centre) a man who juggles with 'two canon balls of thirty or forty pounds weight'. The figure at the top of the image is 'a woman who lies flat, upon an iron plate which turns round upon a sharp point fixed on the top of a bambou' (quotations from accompanying letterpress). 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.
see also ref. 15034.
[Ref: 33648] £340.00