Major Rind of the Eighteenth Native Infantry served in India between 1778 and 1801. He was employed on survey duty between 1785 and 1789 with headquarters at Calcutta. During this period he commissioned a large number of botanical and zoological studies.
The smallest drawing is inscribed '72' at the top left and Humah at top right; the plant has been identified as Catunaregam spinose. The drawing inscribed '36' has been identified as Carallia brachiata whilst the third, inscribed '77' depicts an unidentified dicotyledon.
A large group of natural history studies from the Rind Collection was sold in these rooms 13 July 1971, lots 1-48. Others were sold in these rooms, 9 December 1975, lots 1-18; 22 October 1993, lot 227; 8 May 1997, lot 196 and 31 May 2011, lots 117 and 118. We are grateful to Dr. Henry Noltie from the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, for his help in identifying the plants.
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