[published Paris, 1808]
Etching printed in colour with hand-colouring, platemark approx 360 x 250mm (14¼ x 9¾"). Uncut sheet; central fold as issued.
'The money changers who are also called shroffs, are at the same time bankers. They are good calculators, and lend upon pledges at a very high interest. In general, their principal characteristic is their avidity and ostentatious luxury...they are, as stockholders, at the head of the most considerable trading houses of Hindoostan...they acquire also great importance from the power which they exercise in regulating every orning the price of exchange of notes (hourdies) and of coins, which determines that of every article in the bazars or markets...' (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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