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DEVIS, Arthur William (1763--1822)
A descriptive catalogue of a few Asiatic subjects, illustrative of the agriculture, arts, and manufactures of Hindoostan; being part of a more extensive work. Painted by A.W. Devis, member of the Asiatic Society, Calcutta.
Westminster printed by G. Smeeton, 1821.
18 p. ; 20.6 cm. (8°)

Describes the subjects of 26 paintings. Devis was a portrait painter who while in India between 1784 and January 1795 began collecting material for a series of subject paintings depicting "the arts, manufactures, and agriculture of Bengal", which was to be engraved in colour and dedicated to the orientalist Sir William Jones (1746--1794). Only four of the engravings were ever published (ODNB).

Copy Notes Title-page inscribed in ink John Soane Es / R A. / &c &c ---[?].

Binding Bound in a numbered series of late 19th century half calf pamphlet volumes. (Archive, Trustees' Minutes 18 June 1866). With binder's stamp 'Bound By Mansell' on front pastedown.

Reference Number 2094


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