[Rhaaumien-Gauyin / Brahmus Chanting the Exploits of Rhaum]Ramayin-Gayin
[published Paris, 1808]
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark approx 495 x 360mm (19½ x 14¼"). Uncut sheet; central fold as issued.
Brahmin singing the exploits of Rhaum (he waves a silver stick with black horse-hair attached to the end). The ceremony takes places in the court of a Hindu residence. 'The women can see or be seen only through a grating of bambou. Those who are in the varanda, or gallery, are the women of an inferiour class, who are more free to shew themselves in public' (from letterpress published with print). 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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