Calicut, on the coast of Malabar
Artist: Forbes, James
Plate thirty-three 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, buildings and places he observed during his travels in India in the 1760s-70s. In 1772, Forbes(1749-1819) was appointed Warehousekeeper at the factory in Anjengo, Travancore in South India. His journey to the South of India took him through the coastal towns of Tellicherry, Calicut and Cochin. Forbes described the historic Calicut town in the erstwhile Malabar in this way: 'This humble fishing-town, scattered among the cocoa-nut woods on the coast of Malabar is all that remains of the grand emporium of Calicut, which was esteemed among the first commercial cities in India, when Vasco Da Gama, arrived there after his adventurous passage round the Cape of Good hope, at the end of the 16th Century.'