A Village on the Ganges above Boglipore
Aquatinter: Sutherland, Thomas (b.1785)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
This is plate 9 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." Forrest and his companions landed their ferry-boat near a small village "very prettily situated in a creek, which runs inland from the river, and in some few miles above the station of Boglipore". While there they experienced "one of those violent storms or hurricanes which not unfrequently occur after a hot and sultry day. The rapidity of its approach, the violent impetuosity of its blast, the heavy pour of rain, with the vivid lightning and awfully loud and crashing thunder, conspired to produce an effect sublimely terrific".