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SOLVYNS, Balthazar (1760--1824)
A collection of two hundred and fifty coloured etchings: descriptive of the manners, customs and dresses of the Hindoos by Balt: Solvyns.
Calcutta [Mirror Press], 1799.
Etch. general t.-pl., [12] etch. leaves, [250] hand-col. etch. pl. (11 double-page) ; 49.3 cm. (1°)

Etched title-plate. Accompanied by a printed Catalogue of 250 coloured etchings, 1799 (q.v.), from which the imprint name is taken. François Balthazar Solvyns, a Belgian artist, spent many years in Calcutta, producing drawings of the local people and their customs, showing different castes and street sellers, and employed local Indian artists to apply watercolour to his series of etchings. Each of the 12 sections has an etched section title; sections 2--12 additionally have an unnumbered, double-page plate following the section title-leaf. ESTC t128068; Shaw 348; R.L. Hardgrave, A Portrait of the Hindus: Balthazar Solvyns & the European Image of India, 1760--1824 (Oxford 2004).

Copy Notes Purchased together with the printed Catalogue at the Ealing Grove sale, 4 October 1815 for £18 10s. (John Robins sale catalogue, q.v.; Priv. Corr. XVI.E.3.2). The Soane copy has all the plates cropped to the image borders and mounted on leaves within double-ruled ink borders, with the captions and plate numbers separately cropped and pasted bottom and top respectively.

Binding C18th tree sheep, gilt roll-tooled spine, red spine-label, dark green cloth ties.

Reference Number 5640


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