View on Bancoote River, in the Concan, taken from Dazagon Hill
Artist: Forbes, James
Plate twenty-four from the first volume of James Forbes'"Oriental Memoirs". In February 1772 Forbes (1749-1819)set sail from Surat to Anjengo in Travancore in the south of India. This journey took him through the Concan which gave him an occasion to see Goa. Few prospects exceed that from Dazagon Hill, where the English resident of Fort Victoria had a small villa, in which we spent a few days: it commands a view of the river meandering through an extensive valley, and forming a number of islands, clothed with wood, and abounding in villages, cattle, fisheries and agriculture: this beautiful landscape is bounded by verdant hills and lofty mountains. It was at sun-rise I first beheld this lovely scene, I seated myself under a mango-tree with my sketch-book, wondering how any one could remain in a house, where nature was so lavish with her charms.' The several hot springs and 3 baths of several dimensions were situated thirty miles from Fort Victoria and two miles from Dazagaon.