Djonlen-Jatrah.[Swinging of Kistna]
[published Paris, 1808]
Etching printed in colour with hand-colouring, platemark approx 495 x 360mm (19½ x 14¼"). Uncut sheet; central fold as issued.
'The object of this feast is to celebrate the Incarnation of Kistna. The God is represented in the fore ground of the engraving; attended by his comparnions, and his favourite Radica. His mother, Jussudhah, is placed behind him, holding a lamp with five branches, as a spell to preserve her son from the enchantments of his numerous mistresses' (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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