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The fortress of Narwar on its hill surrounded by walls, with domes and minarets appearing above the latter, with further walls and buildings and gardens in the foreground.

The fortress of Narwar on its hill surrounded by walls, with domes and minarets appearing above the latter, with further walls and buildings and gardens in the foreground.

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1818

Shelfmark: Add.Or.5348

Item number: 5348

Length: 296

Width: 487

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Watercolour of the fortress of Narwar (Gwalior), Madhya Pradesh, part of the Hastings Albums, by an anonymous artist working in the Calcutta style, c. 1818. Inscribed below: 'A view of the Town and Fort of Nerwar. No. 8.'

This fort has been historically important since the 14th century, changing hands between different ruling houses, from the Tomars to the Mughals and eventually the Marathas. This drawing shows the hill fort surrounded by its grandly solid walls, which reach a height of 10 m. Domes and minarets can be seen reaching above the high walls, and other buildings and gardens are seen in the foreground. The walls of the fort encircle almost the whole hilltop, reaching approximately 3 km in length.

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