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Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints & Photography Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints & Photography JAMES MOFFAT (1775 - 1815)
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A Tomb at Nadia (Bengal) and another Chamcutta Mosque at Gour; the so called from a tribe of fakeers who wound themselves; uncolored aquatints with soft ground etching drawn and engraved by Moffat issued in Calcutta in 1798. Double mounted, glazed and framed.
JAMES MOFFAT (1775–1815) probably made several excursions up–country. The Calcutta Gazette announced in February 1805: “Mr. J. Moffat most respectfully returns his graceful thanks to those gentlemen of Calcutta etc. who have so liberally patronized his late several Publications of Views in India, and begs leave to inform them, and the public in general, that he is now engraving a set of Plates on a large scale – Views of Calcutta, Berhampore, Monghyr and Benares – being all very Picturesque pieces, selected from a large Collection lately taken, and are particularly illustrated, with a variety of appropriate figures and other Representations. The Work will be struck off on the best stout Drawing Paper, in various colored Copper–Plate Printing inks”. Prints of all the plates listed in the Gazette are known. He also drew and engraved the fort of Allahabad, the village of Rajmahal, a view of Chinsura and a Muslim tomb on the river bank at Nadia. Nadia, another historic city, is also the place where the name of this tributary of the Ganges changes from Hooghly to the Bhagirathi. Moffat sketched and engraved studies of the daily life and customs of the people, as he also mentioned in this advertisement. His prints include the Hindu hook–swinging festival on the banks of the Ganges. A crowded market at Murshidabad portrays another typical local scene.
Compare: Lot No 166, Bid & Hammer's August 2010 sale
Ref: 'Scenic Splendours' by pheroza Godrej & Pauline Rohatgi page no 55, plate 21