|Artist's Life Date / Bio Data
||James Moffat (1775-1815) was a professional artist and engraver from Scotland practising in Calcutta. He made engravings after his own drawings and one after other artists' drawings.
Moffat arrived in Calcutta in 1789 and trained there as an engraver. The Calcutta Gazette of 2 December 1797 announced that he was accepting commissions for sketching scenes within a few miles of the city and engraving them, if desired, at modest prices. In the same journal the following year an advert stated that his views of Hooghly were almost finished. In 1805, the Calcutta Gazette announced the publication of a set of his coloured views of Calcutta, Berhampur, Bernares and Monghyr. Moffat had already published several engravings before this date and continued to do so until 1810.
The India Office Library has engravings of Chinsura dated 1803, Nadia 1808, Murshidabad c. 1809, and Maldah and Churruk-puja on the Ganges. The British Library has six of his engravings of views of Barrackpore House, Vizagapatam, Cannore, Tellicherry, Surat and Bombay. As well as Indian views, Moffat produced three known views of Sumatra. Moffat died in Calcutta on 3 September 1815, aged 40 (Notes:Mildred Archer)