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Sketch of Gujrat

Sketch of Gujrat

Artist: Forbes,James

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: 455.c.9

Item number: Plate 82

Length: 22.4

Width: 29.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate eighty-two from the third volume of James Forbes'"Oriental Memoirs". Forbes(1749-1819) spent eighteen years of his working life in India, particulalrly in Gujarat where he worked as Collector. The plate represents a typical nature-scene in Gujarat with the Cocoa-nut trees, a monkey climbing a date palm and the nests of Bayas, or Bottle-nosed Sparrows. It is an example of one of Forbes'own hand-drawn lithographs. He was interested in this new method of reproduction, which he put to good use when it came to sharing his joys with friends and family in England.

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