The river Ganges
Artist: Simpson, William (1823-1899)
This chromolithograph was taken from plate 20 of William Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. The Ganges is the principal river of India and the most sacred river in Hinduism. It was home to great varieties of fauna and flora, now mostly endangered. This image depicts one of the river's most famous denizens of the Ganges: a species of crocodile called the gharial, which is distinguished by its narrow snout, topped by a fleshy protuberance like an upturned pot, and its needle-like teeth.