The Motee Girna or Fall of Pearls in the Rajemaha
Aquatinter: Sutherland, Thomas (b. 1785)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
This is plate 6 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 several excursions along the great 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 2 December 1807, Forrest set out on an excursion from Calcutta. After twenty days, the Rajmahal hills of Bihar came into view. In these hills "may be discerned, from near the river's brink, a beautiful cataract of water, which, apparently bursting from a deep chasm, descends in a sheet of silver for some distance, and then breaking into showers of sparkling spray, has received the appropriate and beautiful appelation of Mootee Girna, or the Fall of Pearls".