Illustration from

"Oriental Memoirs" by James Forbes, 1813

Ragonath Row Ballajee; Pundit Purdhan, Peshwa of the Mahratta Empire


Plate forty-one from the second volume of James Forbes' "Oriental Memoirs". In 1775 Forbes (1749-1819) was at Cambay as part of the Maratha campaign in Gujarat where his friend, Sir Charles Warre Malet (1752-1815) was the English Resident. He was present during the crucial political meeting between the Nawab of Cambay and the Mahratta Peshwa 'Ragonath Row'when he made this portrait. Forbes writes: 'This portrait, from a drawing made during the campaign in Guzerat in 1775, was thought to be a striking likeness of Ragobah, or Ragonath Row, the Brahmin sovereign of the Mahrattas.'

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