View on the banks of the Hooghly near Calcutta


This aquatint was produced and published in Kolkata (formally Calcutta) by two European artists living in the city. James Moffat, a Scot, is believed to have learnt engraving in Kolkata after arriving in India at the age of 14. From 1797 he began publishing his own copperplate views for the colonial market. Frans Balthazar Solvyns was originally from Antwerp, and lived in Kolkata from 1791 to 1803. He is remembered for The Costume of Indostan (1799, republished in London by Edward Orme, 1804–5), a series of coloured engravings showing the dress, customs, occupations and castes of the city’s inhabitants. Here Solvyns depicts the mansion of William Farquharson, a ‘country’ retreat in the style of Palladian villas on the Thames or in the Veneto. Farquharson’s residence was in the elegant expatriate suburb of Garden Reach, overlooking the Hughli River.

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View on the Banks of the Hooghly near Calcutta, The Country Residence of William Farquharson, Esq.
1800, Kolkata
James Moffat
Aquatint / View
James Moffat, Frans Balthazar Solvyns
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