An Encyclopaedic Vision of the People and Customs of Eastern India at the
End of the Eighteenth Century

The first time showcasing of the vast series of 288 etchings by Baltazard Solvyns that he called Les Hindoûs

31 July - 20 August 2021
Bikaner House, New Delhi
10:00am – 6:00pm all days


Each of the 4 volumes of Les Hindoûs` is divided into 12 sections or ‘numbers’ containing 6 plates, including numerous double-page plates. When labelling them, Solvyns used erratic and inconsistent spelling. Many of his terms are perplexing as he tried to render Bengali words phonetically into French. To make identification easier, modern spellings have been used alongside those originally engraved by Solvyns in the original plates.
A preview of the selection on display at Bikaner House: