Author: Robert L Hardgrave
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8173043581
First published in Calcutta in 1796 and redone for a more elaborate Paris edition, Les Hindous, 1808-12, some 300 etchings, with their accompanying descriptions, provide a rich and detailed ethnographic survey of India of two hundred years ago.
The Flemish artist F. Balthazar Solvyns lived in Calcutta from 1791 to 1803 and produced a remarkable series of etchings portraying the people of Bengal in their life and culture.
With sections on caste occupations, household servants, festivals, religious mendicants, and musical instruments, Solvyns includes a portrayal of the boats of Bengal in 36 etchings.
In Boats of Bengal, Hardgrave reproduces these prints, together with Solvyns’s descriptive text, and a commentary on each plate.