Gurriaul Bengal
Title Gurriaul Bengal
Accession Number R2609-62
Title2 Gharial
Museum Name Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
Gallery Name NA
Object Type Painting
Medium Watercolour
Provenance The Maharaja Bahadur Sir P.C. Tagore
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Brief Description From life, of the natural size, the animal being very young. From a folio containing a collection of original watercolour drawings of the mammals, birds and reptiles of India chiefly of Bengal painted under supervision of Robert Home, Court painter of the King of Oudh. John Fleming(naturalist) employed Robert Home, Davis and Buchanan along with some Indian artist.John Fleming was a surgeon who served in the Indian Medical Service in Bengal from 1768 to 1813. As with many physicians of the period he was very interested in botany. Fleming's particular interest was in plants of medical or economic use. This interest encouraged him to collect plants from many parts of India. For a period he was appointed Superintendent of the Calcutta Botanic Garden while William Roxburgh was on leave of absence. Fleming returned to England in 1813 and died in London in 1829.