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The Medusa, or Portuguese Man of War

The Medusa, or Portuguese Man of War

Artist: Forbes, James

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1813

Shelfmark: 455.c.10

Item number: Plate 93

Length: 15.1

Width: 15.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate ninety-three from the fourth volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs". In January 1784, Forbes(1749-1819)set sail for England halting briefly at Goa, Malabar and St. Helena. When sailing from St. Helena to Ascension, another isalnd on the route, Forbes saw and studied interesting sea-animals like the Medusa or the 'Portuguese Man of War'. Describing it Forbes wrote: It'is the usual appellation to this beautiful product of Nature, which expands its light transparent sail at pleasure, and with thousands of its comrades scuds before a light breeze, and enlivens the surface of the ocean in the tropical latitudes.'

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