A Hindoo Family of the Banian Cast
Artist: Forbes, James
Plate fourteen from the first volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs", compiled from hundred and fifty folio volumes of notes and drawings made during his travels through India in the 1760s-70s. Forbes(1749-1819), a keen observer of nature illustrates in this plate a family as they rest under a Banyan, the Ficus Indica. The engraving as Forbes notes was taken from one of his earliest drawings and was based on this observation: 'The Asiatics love to relive with their women and children to some cool spot near a river or tank, shaded by the friendly banian tree...there they enjoy that sort of indolent repose which they are so fond of".