William Farquhar00



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Unknown (anonymous Chinese artist).

English: Garcinia Mangostana; Booah Mangies; Boorong Merbo.
English: A watercolour drawing of the zebra dove or barred ground dove (Geopelia striata, known in Malay as the burung merbuk) perched on a purple mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana; Malay buah manggis) branch. It is one of 477 natural history drawings of plants and animals of Malacca and Singapore commissioned by William Farquhar.

between 1819(1819) and 1823(1823).


watercolor on paper.


46 × 30 cm (18.1 × 11.8 in).

Goh Seng Choo Gallery.

Accession number

Royal Asiatic Society: RAS016.317; National Museum of Singapore: SHM1995.2988.

Object history

See Natural History Drawings below, pp. 32–33.


Front: "Garcinia Mangostana / Booah Mangies / Boorong Merbo". Back: "Bua Mangies / Burong Murbo". Watermark on paper: "Neckinger Mills 1796". Also bears the stamp of the Royal Asiatic Society.


"Drawings of Birds from Malacca" no. 57 in the Royal Asiatic Society's collection.



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