Sacred Tank and Pagodas, near Benares
Engraver: Sutherland, Thomas (b.1785)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
This is plate 14 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."
Forrest was very impressed by the "grandeur and solemn beauty" of this scene near Benares, where "tanks [reservoirs] on a noble scale; topes of the sacred birkut, or banian-tree; pagodas of all sizes and descriptions, interspersed with a variety of the richest foliage, offer views highly interesting and beautifully picturesque".