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View of Bombay Green

View of Bombay Green

Artist: Forbes, James

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: 455.c.7

Item number: Plate 23

Length: 23

Width: 29.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate twenty-three from the first volume of James Forbes'"Oriental Memoirs". The plate is an illustration of late eighteenth century Bombay city with its everyday life scenes in the foreground flanked by the main public buildings. Forbes(1749-1819)had arrived in Bombay in 1766 and spent eighteen years of his working-life in this region. 'This view is engraved from a drawing made in the year 1767; it includes part of the Government House, the English Church, Secretary's Office, the residence of the Second in Council, and the scenes daily occurring in this part of the town of Bombay. Among these are introduced the palanquin, hackeree, Bengal chair, and other objects, which enlivened the spot while the drawing was made.'

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