[published Paris, 1808]
Etching printed in colour with hand-colouring, platemark approx 360 x 250mm (14¼ x 9¾"). Uncut sheet.
'This tribe, who inhabit a mountainous country, form...a military cast, and esteems themselves superior to the others, asserting that they, as well as the Ouriahs, descend from the first inhabitants of Hindoostan, which adds not a little to their pride...many of them are seen in the service of the grandees of the country, as well as foreigners...they are well looking and have something of a military air; but are nevertheless seldom employed in the service of the house, as they would not easily bear the subjection of domestic attendance. They run before the palanquin, go on messages, carry letters, etc' (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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