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The Baya or Bottle nested Sparrow of India on a branch of the Baubul Tree drawn from nature 1769. Copied on stone by J. Forbes 1811

The Baya or Bottle nested Sparrow of India on a branch of the Baubul Tree drawn from nature 1769. Copied on stone by J. Forbes 1811

Artist: Forbes, James

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: 455.c.7

Item number: Plate 9

Length: 29.2

Width: 22.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate nine from the first volume of James Forbes'"Oriental Memoirs". Forbes(1749-1819) spent most of his working-life in India in Gujarat where he held the post of Collector in Bharuch and Dhaboi. A keen observer of nature, Forbes wrote: 'Often have I watched the progress of an industrious pair of tailor-birds in my garden, from their first choice of a plant, until the completion of the nest, and the enlargement of their young'. Forbes' original drawing 'was made in the forests of Turcaseer, where these birds abound. It represents the male, with the nest in which he perches and sings to the female during the season of incubation, suspended to a branch of the rose-coloured Mimosa, or Baubul-tree (Acacia), which produces a gum similar to Gum Arabic.'

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