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View of the Water Temple in the Gardens of Dil Gusha, or 'Expansion of the Heart' at Cambay

View of the Water Temple in the Gardens of Dil Gusha, or 'Expansion of the Heart' at Cambay

Artist: Forbes,James

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: 455.c.9

Item number: Plate 78

Length: 15.6

Width: 21.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate seventy-eight from the third volume of James Forbes'"Oriental Memoirs". On his return from his visit to Ahmedabad in 1781, Forbes was invited to Dil Gusha, the Summer Palace of the Nawab of Khambat(Cambay), and 'after a recreation in the garden', the Nabob accompanied them to the roof of the pavilion where music and dancing-girls awaited them. 'Fireworks on the canal illuminated its fragrant borders, and exhibited a curious scene of alternate fountains, playing fire and water, falling among shrubs and flowers...'. Forbes wrote: 'The Nabob was affable and polite, helped us from the best dishes and kept up a sprightly conversation. On our taking leave he sprinkled us with ottar of roses.'

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