Mahomedan Mosque and Tomb, near Benares
Aquatinter: Sutherland, Thomas (b.1785)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
This is plate 15 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 one of his excursion in 1807/08, "proceeding about four miles towards Benares", Forrest "caught a most beautiful distant view of its principal ghauts, the larger pagodas, and beyond all, the Jumah Musjid, towering over all in proud superiority. The fine sweep of the Ganges on which the city stands was also visible ... Our foreground ... consisted of a fine group of tombs". The figure in the plate is a "shutur sewar, or a person appointed to carry dispatches etc., the camel on which he is mounted will go at the rate of 6 or 7 miles an hour".