Hindoo Village on the Ganges, near Ambooah
Aquatinter: Sutherland, Thomas (b. 1785)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
This is plate 2 from Charles Ramus Forrest's 'A Picturesque tour along the rivers Ganges and Jumna, in India'. Forrest was an East India Company official who made excursions along the rivers, producing drawings "attentively copied from nature, and in many instances coloured on the spot, ... while the magic effects of the scenes represented were still impressed on [his] mental vision".
On the 2 December 1807, he set out from Calcutta with a British diplomatic legation. Five days later, Forrest passed the small village of Amboa on the Hooghly, near which he saw a "small secluded Hindoo village, embosomed in a verdant group of the richest foliage. Its small and pretty pagoda or temple, of reddish stone rears its cone-like form above the wooded screen which surrounds it; and, with some singularly formed boats, with their matted or bamboo awnings, produced on the whole a scene highly characteristic of this portion of the Ganges."