[published Paris, 1808]
Etching printed in colour with hand-colouring, platemark approx 360 x 250mm (14¼ x 9¾"). Uncut sheet; central fold as issued.
Retailers of daily articles (rice, spices, wood, fruit etc), who also change money. 'The plate represents a retailer sitting upon his little board, in the middle of his shop. The Tillys have a spoon which they use with great dexterity to take up the articles that are called for. They wrap up the smaller objects in plantain leaves. One of these leaves also serves to write the accounts of their different sales' (from letterpress published with the 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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