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Three fortified villages on hill-tops dotted over a level cultivated plain, probably in Jalaun District..

Three fortified villages on hill-tops dotted over a level cultivated plain, probably in Jalaun District..

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1818

Shelfmark: Add.Or.5347

Item number: 5347

Length: 297

Width: 422

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Watercolour of three fortified villages on small hill-tops dotted over a level cultivated plain in Jalaun, Uttar Pradesh, by an anonymous artist working in the Calcutta style, c. 1818. Inscribed below: 'Magrowra. No. 7.' [individually captioned under the three villages:] 'Magrowra. Gt. Berown. Lohagurh.'

This drawing forms part of the Marquess of Hastings collection. He was the Governor-General of Bengal and the Commander-in-Chief from 1813-23. On his many expeditions throughout India he was often accompanied by an artist. The district of Jalaun has an area of 1477 square miles. It lies entirely within the level plain of Bundelkhand, north of the hill country, and is almost surrounded by the Jumna and its tributaries, the Betwa and Pahuj. The central region thus enclosed is a dead level of cultivated land, almost destitute of trees, and sparsely dotted with villages.

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