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Dancing Snake and Musicians. From a drawing taken on the spot by Baron de Montalembert

Dancing Snake and Musicians. From a drawing taken on the spot by Baron de Montalembert

Artist: Forbes, James

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: 455.c.7

Item number: Plate 8

Length: 29.2

Width: 22.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate eight from the first volume of James Forbes'"Oriental Memoirs", a work in the form of a series of letters richly illustrated, describing various aspects of nature, people and buildings he observed during his travels in India in the 1760s-70s. This engraving of the snake-charmer and the musicians was based on a drawing 'taken on the spot by Baron de Montalembert, when aid-du-camp to General Sir John Cradock in India. It is in all respects an exact representation of the Cobra de Capello, or Hooded Snake, with the Musicians who accompany them throughout Hindostan, and exhibits a faithful picture of the costumes of the natives, usually assembled in the bazars on such occasions.'

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