[published Paris, 1808]
Etching printed in colour with hand-colouring, platemark approx 360 x 250mm (14¼ x 9¾"). Uncut sheet.
Hindu astronomer. 'He who is the subject of the plate is sitting before his house, calculating an eclipse. Before him are his tablets, and in his hand the chalk with which he writes on a blackened board. He was often consulted by the learned, even from Europe, and expressed himself with great accuracy and precision' (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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