[Vessels of all sorts]Navires
[published Paris, 1811]
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark approx 245 x 350mm (9½ x 13¾"). With letterpress description in French and English. Uncut sheet.
Various indian vessels: 'Here are the high vessels of the Red sea and Persian gulph, the Grabs, the ships of the Maldive isles, made of bambous and coconut trees, masts cordage and anchors. The boats employed in the pearl fishery on the coast of Ceylan, the Vliegers of Batavia, the Proues of Malacca, remarked for their swiftness: the Catamarans of Madras, and infine the Chinese Jonques' (from accompanying letterpress). Also shown, a European frigate. 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.
[Ref: 33649] £280.00