Red, blue and white lotus, of Hindostan
Plate eighty-eight from the third volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs". Forbes (1749-1819) was a keen observer of nature, often making drawings of every interesting plant or animal he came across during his travels in India. Forbes wrote, 'These water lilies were drawn and coloured from Nature...they almost cover the Indian Lakes. When gently agitated by the breeze, they give them a beauty and freshness not easily conceived by the inhabitants of a colder climate.'