[published Paris, 1808]
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark approx 355 x 245mm (9½ x 13¾"). Uncut sheet.
A causto from Calcutta. 'He who is drawn here wrote in one of the public offices, and was perhaps the only one in the town of Calcutta' (from letterpress published with the print). Many caustos were employed as writers by the government or by foreign merchants. From the first 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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