Mohabharat or Chorah.[Explaining of the Text and Commentaries of the Mohabaurut by a Brahmun]
[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 Brauhmun, adorned with red flowers, is seated on an eminence or little hill of earth, holding in his hands the poitahs or leaves of trees upon which is engraved the text of the Mohabaurut, one of the sacred books of the Hindoos. Upon a stool before him are other poitahs, and opposite to him the salgram stone, the sunk or shell, and the guntah or bell' (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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