Cochin, on the coast of Malabar--Artist: Forbes, James Medium: Engraving Date: 1813

Cochin, on the coast of Malabar

Cochin, on the coast of Malabar

Cochin, on the coast of Malabar


Plate thirty-four from the first volume of James Forbes'"Oriental Memoirs", a work in the form of a series of letters richly illustrated, describing various aspects of nature, people, buildings and places he observed during his travels in India in the 1760s-70s. In 1772, Forbes(1749-1819) was appointed Warehousekeeper at the factory in Anjengo, Travancore in South India. His journey to the South of India took him through the coastal towns of Tellicherry, Calicut and Cochin. At Cochin he had an official committment to fulfill on behalf of the Company in connection with the Jews at Mattanchery. This view of the historic Cochin town, Forbes explains was 'taken from a vessel at anchor in the road, and includes the handsomest part of the town, with the entrance of the river. Cochin then belonged to the Dutch, who possessed several settlements on this part of the Malabar Coast.'