Ragonath Row Ballajee; Pundit Purdhan, Peshwa of the Mahratta Empire
Artist: Forbes, James
Plate forty-one from the second volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs". In 1775 Forbes(1749-1819)was at Cambay as part of the Maratha campaign in Gujarat where his friend, Sir Charles Warre Malet(1752-1815)was the English Resident. He was present during the crucial political meeting between the Nawab of Cambay and the Mahratta Peshwa 'Ragonath Row'when he made this portrait. Forbes writes: 'This portrait, from a drawing made during the campaign in Guzerat in 1775, was thought to be a striking likeness of Ragobah, or Ragonath Row, the Brahmin sovereign of the Mahrattas.'