The Durbar and Adjacent Scenery at Dhuboy
Artist: Forbes, James
Plate fifty-seven from the second volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs". Forbes(1749-1819) was made Collector of Dhaboi in 1780 and he resided in the Governor's mansion, or Durbar. It was surrounded by the lake, 'except near the principal gate communicating with the town...near the Durbar was a smally woody island affording a nightly roost for cranes, kites and crows; and a shelter for a number of those immense bats, not improperly called flying-foxes...my orange and lime trees were filled by peacocks, doves, and bulbuls; monkeys and squirrels feasted on my pomegranates and custard-apples; white pelicans, spoon-bills, and other aquatic birds occupied the lake.'