View of the city of Goa, from the River
Artist: Forbes, James
Plate thirty from the first volume of James Forbes'"Oriental Memoirs", a work in the form of a series of letters richly illustrated, describing various aspects of nature, people, and places buildings he observed during his travels in India in the 1770s-80s. 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 and gave him an occasion to see Goa. This drawing made in 1772 of Goa was taken 'when the public buildings in the city, with the churches, convents and villas on the surrounding woody hills were all in good repair, and added much to the general beauty of the prospect'.