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Crowd listening to recital and commentary on the Mahabharata, Calcutta, West Bengal. Coloured etching by François Balthazar Solvyns, 1799.

Solvyns, Balt. 1760-1824.
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[1799]

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Credit: Crowd listening to recital and commentary on the Mahabharata, Calcutta, West Bengal. Coloured etching by François Balthazar Solvyns, 1799. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)


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A mohabaurut-er-shoba ; an assembly to hear the text and comments on Mohabaurut - the reader sits on an elevated chair, decorated with flowers, ye salgram stone, &c, - in the morning he reads the text, wh is very little attended, so few understanding the Sanscrit language; - but in the evening, when the explanation is in Bengalee, the meeting is very much

Publication/Creation

[Calcutta] : [François Balthazar Solvyns], [1799]

Physical description

1 print : etching, with watercolour.

Publications note

Travel in aquatint and lithography 1770-1860 from the library of J.R. Abbey, San Francisco 1991, vol. 2, 421.231

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 31376i

Creator/production credits

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. Solvyns employed local Indian artists to apply watercolour to his series "Manners, customs, and dresses of the Hindoos"

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