Blue Lizard and Neva Tree
Artist: Forbes, James
Plate twenty-five from the first volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs", a work based on copious notes and drawings made during his travels in India between the 1770s-80s. Forbes(1749-1819)spent most of his working life in Western India, particularly in Gujarat. His "Memoirs", abound in ethnological and natural historical observations. Fascinated by the blue lizard on the Neva tree in bloom, he observed: 'Nothing can exceed the brilliant colouring of the lizard attempted in this plate; when the sun shone upon the blue and yellow divisions of its body, the richness baffled all attempts at imitation. The Neva tree when covered with its pensile blossoms, is one of the most elegant vegetable productions in Hindostan.'