[published Paris, 1808]
Etching printed in colour with hand-colouring, platemark approx 360 x 250mm (14¼ x 9¾"). Uncut sheet.
'These Hindoos, who bear the name of the country which they inhabit, form a military cast connected with that of the K'hutterys, of whom we have already spoken...they serve as soldiers for pay, preferring those who offer most. For this reason probably they are so numerous in the English armies...The Rajpoot represented in the engraving is leaning carelessly against a tree: his dress is not military, because we profess to treat only of the distinction of casts by Menu, the Hindoo legislator' (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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