Garden - House in a Village near Baroche, in Guzerat

Garden - House in a Village near Baroche, in Guzerat

Code: 51481

£45.00 Approx $56.89, €50.51

Author: Forbes, James

Date published: 1813

Aquatint with original hand colouring. Jam. Fobres 1780, engraved by Bate. Overall size in hinged, off white fully conservation grade mount and back with decorative v groove: 42.2cms x 37.1cms, image size: 222mm x 193mm. Toning to sheet edge else very good condition. Forbes was Collector of Bharuch and Dhaboi in the late 1770s. He had a beautiful villa and extensive gardens on the banks of the Narmada where he lived for seven years. 'Garden Houses', large villas set in extensive grounds, which allowed greater circulation of air was believed to reduce the incidence of disease in hot climates. Forbes' own Garden House was about a mile from the west gate of the city of Bharuch (British Library). James Forbes was born in London to a Scotch Protestant family. In 1765, he first traveled to Bombay for the East India Company, and spent most of the years until 1784 in residence there. He filled 52,000 manuscript pages with notes on all aspects of Indian life and culture, including descriptions of wildlife and personal encounters with the people. After returning to England, he married and thereafter travelled extensively on the European continent. His life in India later formed the basis of the four-volume Oriental Memoirs, described in its subtitle as "selected and abridged from a series of familiar letters written during seventeen years residence in India: including observations on parts of Africa and South America