'View of Maldah with procession of a Hindoo woman to the funeral pile of her husband'. Aquatint with etching by and after James Moffat, published Calcutta c.1802
Artist and engraver: Moffat, James (1775-1815)
Medium: Aquatint with etching, coloured
Coloured aquatint of a view of Maldah with a procession in the foreground drawn and etched by James Moffat (1775-1815) one of a set of views of 'Bengal and along the Ganges' published in Calcutta in c.1802. James Moffat, a Scotsman, was based in Calcutta from the age of fourteen and is thought to have learnt his trade as an engraver in the city. Suttee or sati, a Hindu practice, is the act of a widow immolating herself on her husband’s funeral pyre. Sati was banned by the British in 1829.