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SIMPSON, William. [A scarce 19th century view of Calcutta]
The Chilpore Road, Calcutta. London: Day & Son, 1867. Chromolithograph. Trimmed into image and laid on board, as issued. Image 340 x 495mm. Board replaced.
A rare chromolithograph, plate 3 of William Simpson's 'India Ancient and Modern - A Series of Illustrations of the Country and People of India and Adjacent Territories'. It shows a bustling street, lined with native shops leading northwards to Cossipore, Dum Dum and Barrackpore. Simpson wrote: 'In this bazaar, hundreds of Englishmen have had their first conceptions of Eastern life realised, or more properly falsified, face to face with the living facts'. Simpson (1823-99), a Scottish born artist and war correspondent best known for his coverage of the Crimean War. His success there led to a commission from the publishers Day & Son visit India in the wake of the 1857 Mutiny, to be published using chromolithography (colour printing using multiple lithographic stones). Of the 250 watercolours Simpson provided only fifty images were published, as Day & Son went bankrupt that year, making these prints very scarce.
[Ref: 14640]    £800.00 ($1,016 • €909 rates)


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