Scene of a Melancholy event on the Island of Salsette, from a drawing by Baron de Montalembert 1774
Artist: Forbes, James
Plate sixty-eight from the second volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs" based on a sketch by Forbes' (1749-1819) son-in-law, Baron de Montalembert. He had visited Salsette in the beginning of 1774. He writes of his visit that was marred by a melancholy event: 'The enjoyment of the picturesque and fertile scenery of Salsette is interrupted by the tigers which infest the mountains and descend to the plains: they not only prey upon the sheep and oxen near the vilages, but sometimes carry off the human species. During our short stay, a poor woman gathering fuel on the skirts of a wood, laid her infant on the grass, when a tiger sprung from the cover and carried it to his den, in sight of the wretched mother.'