The temple at Kalighat, Calcutta, with colour notes and architectural details
Artist: Solvyns, Frans Balthazar (1760-1824)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing of the temple at Kalighat in Calcutta with colour notes and architectural details by Balthazar Solvyns (1760-1824) dated sometime between 1791 to 1804. Frans Balthazar Solvyns came from Antwerp and was trained as a painter and engraver. He arrived in India in 1790. This is a preliminary drawing for 'Callegaut' in Section 7 of 'A Collection of 250 Coloured Etchings Descriptive of the Manners, Customs and Dresses of the Hindoos' published in 1799. The temple of Kali at Kalighat in Calcutta was rebuilt in 1809 under the patronage of the Choudhury family at the site of a much older temple. The temple is dedicated to Kali, who represents the destructive side of Shiva's consort Sakti.