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The Curmoor or Florican, one of the highest flavoured Birds in India. About half the size of Nature

The Curmoor or Florican, one of the highest flavoured Birds in India. About half the size of Nature

Artist: Forbes, James

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: 455.c.8

Item number: Plate 52

Length: 29.1

Width: 22.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate fifty-two from the second volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoir". During Forbes'(1749-1819)residence in Brauch as Collector, he often went out on sporting excursions with the English Chief in the neighbouring districts. However he wrote: 'not that I had any pleasure in those diversions' but that his tent was pitched in 'unfrequented forests and savage tracts, little known to Europeans'. Since a sporting camp was formed during the first year of his residence at Bharuch, Forbes had an opportunity to explore the rich wildlife of Turcaseer, a ruined town but 'once populous and cultivated'. Here, the 'woods and forests abounded with tigers, hyenas, wolves, ...and a variety of small game'including the floriken, a much hunted bird of the Bustard family. 'The Florican, or Curmoor, exceeds all the Indian wild fowl in delicacy of flavour; its varied plumage, lofty carriage and tuft of black feathers make him one of the most elegant birds in India.'

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