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Illustration from

"Oriental Memoirs" by James Forbes, 1813

Peasants at a well in Hindostan. Sketched by Baron de Montalembert, 1807

Plate sixty from the second volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs". A keen observer of the 'manners and customs' of the native inhabitants, Forbes (1749-1819) did not miss describing the water-carrying skin bag used by peasants. 'This engraving was made from a drawing by Baron de Montalembert and is an exact representation of the subject. The Ox carries a double skin filled with water, hanging on each side, which is sold in the cities and towns throughout India at a very moderate price.'Baron Montalembert was married to Forbes' daughter.


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