Dole-Jatrah.[Celebration of the Orgies of Kistna]
[published Paris, 1808]
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark approx 495 x 360mm (19½ x 14¼"). Uncut sheet; central fold as issued.
Hindu religious festival 'believed to be a celebration of the orgies of Kistna with his mistresses and companions. As there is a religious tradition that they cast a red powder on each other, the Hindoos, upon this occasion, fling upon one another a fine earth of the same colour...It takes place like all the others [festivals] before the house of some rich Hindoo, and in sight of a temple where the Brahmuns from time to time throw a little red earth, which they call holie upon their gods. Outside are musicians, who, with different instruments and very great noise, proclaim and celebrate the feast' (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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