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Williamson, Thomas, Captain

The European in India / from a collection of drawings by Charles Doyley, Esq. ; engraved by J.H. Clark and C. Dubourg ; with a preface and copious descriptions, by Thomas Williamson ; accompanied with A brief history of ancient and modern India, from the earliest periods of antiquity to the termination of the late Mahratta War, by F.W. Blagdon.

London : Published and sold by Edward Orme, 1813
Physical Description:
[6], 149, [9] p., [20] leaves of plates : ill. ; 28 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
DS428 .W55 1813+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
P ublic Domain
Illustrations are colored aquatints.
Brunet, J.-C. Manuel du libraire et de l'amateur de livres (5e éd.), V, col. 1456
Tooley, R.V. English books with coloured plates, 1790-1860, 185
Colas, R. Bibliographie générale du costume et de la mode, 887
"A brief history of ancient and modern India," by F.W. Blagdon: p. [61]-149.
Includes index.
Abbey, J.R. Travel in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1860, 435
BAC: British Art Center copy is the Abbey copy. Bound in half calf with marbled boards. Armorial bookplate: Richard Strachey, Askwick Grove. Plates are identical to those in Costume and customs of modern India / by Charles Doyley. London : E. Orme, [ca. 1824] (T 440), differing only in that the frames are washed in grey and pink instead of yellow only.
Subject Terms:
Clothing and dress -- India.
Dove, J. F. -- Printer.
Europeans -- India -- Social life and customs.
Europeans -- Tobacco use -- India.
India -- History.
India -- Social life and customs.
Orme, Edward -- Publisher.
Smoking in art.
Strachey, Richard -- Bookplate.
Tobacco use -- India.
Armorial bookplates (Provenance)
Aquatints -- Hand-colored -- 1813.
D'Oyly, Charles, 1781-1845, ill.
Clark, John Heaviside, ca. 1770-1863, engraver.
Dubourg, Matthew, engraver.
Blagdon, Francis William, 1778-1819. Brief history of ancient and modern India. 1813.
IIIF Manifest:

  • An European Gentleman with his Moonshee, or native professor of language
  • A gentleman in his private office, attended by his Duftoree, or native-office-keeper
  • A gentleman, in a public office, attended by the Crannie, or native clerks
  • A gentleman dressing, attended by his head-bearer, and other servants
  • A gentleman attended by Hajaum, or native barber
  • A gentleman delivering a letter to a Soontah-Burdar, or silver baton-bearer
  • A gentleman's Kedmutgars, or table servants, bringing in dinner
  • An English family at table, under a Punkah, or fan, kept in motion by a Khelassy
  • A gentleman with his Sircar, or money-servant
  • A gentleman with his Hookah-Burdar, or pipe-bearer
  • A Saumpareeah, or snake-catcher, exhibiting snakes before Europeans
  • Marquis Wellesley's dandy, or boatman, in his livery
  • An European lady giving instructions to her Durzee, or native tailor
  • A dancing woman, of Bengal, exhibiting before an European family
  • A dancing woman, of Lueknow, exhibiting before an European family
  • An European lady attended by a servant using a Hand-Punkah, or fan
  • An European lady and her family, attended by an Ayah, or nurse
  • Kaut-Pootlies, or puppets, exhibiting by native jugglers, for the amusement of European children
  • A native gentleman smoking a Goorgoory, or hookah, in his private apartments, attended by his dancing girls
  • Marquis Wellesley and his suite, at the Nabob of Oude's breakfast table, viewing an elephant-fight.

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