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James Forbes Zoological Drawings

  • CA RBD MSG BW003
  • Collection
  • between approximately 1800 and 1818

Collection consists of 57 illustrations of birds, eggs, snakes, and plants by James Forbes chiefly to illustrate his work "Oriental Memoirs," published in four volumes between 1813 and 1815. The majority of the illustrations are either e...

Forbes, James, 1749-1819

Crocodile

Item consists of leaf with engraved illustration of crocodile pasted on. Background details are drawn in in pencil.

Lizard and small bird

Item consists of leaf with engraved illustrations of lizard and small bird pasted on. Background details are drawn in in pencil.

Chameleon

Item consists of leaf with engraved illustration of chameleon pasted on. Background details are drawn in in pencil.

Scorpion

Item consists of leaf with engraved illustration of scorpion pasted on. Background details are drawn in in pencil, with branch coloured in. Later caption in Casey Woods's hand reads: "The drawing in this portfolio are probably those made...

Cobra and pink flowers

Item consists of a colour illustration depicting a brown cobra and pink, five-petalled flowers, without caption. Figures have been cut out and pasted onto sheet with background details drawn in. An annotation in pencil by Henry Mousley reads: &quo...

Coluber Naja

Item consists of a colour illustration of a cobra next to a patch of white lilies. The figures have been cut and pasted onto sheet with background details drawn in. The caption identifies the species as "Coluber naja," according to the L...

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