[published Paris, 1811]
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark approx 245 x 350mm (9½ x 13¾"). Uncut sheet.
'Moor-punkee means peacocks head' (hence the design of the prow). 'The prince or leading person of the Moor-punkee is seated smoking his hooka under a particular canopy, in front of all the others. The grandees and servants of his retinue are under another awning. At the head of the rowers is a Jemidar, who, by his voice and his motions, regulates the measure like the leader of an orchestra...' (from letterpress published with print). 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.
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