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Precipitous N. face of Gawilgarh (Berar)

Precipitous N. face of Gawilgarh (Berar)

Artist: Taylor, Philip Meadows (1808-1876)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1837

Shelfmark: WD124

Item number: 124

Length: 44

Width: 62

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen-and-ink drawing by Philip Meadows Taylor (1808-1876) of the precipitous north face of Gawilgarh in Berar in Maharashtra, dated 1837. The image is inscribed on the front in ink: 'North Face of Gawilgarh. M.T. 1837.' On the back, is an unfinished landscape sketch inscribed:' Rya Cotta. 16th Octr 1834.' This hill fortress, built by Ahmad Shah I of the Brahmani Dynasty in the 1420's, was held by the Nizam and the Marathas, before being captured by Colonel Arthur Wellesley in 1803, during the Second Maratha War. Taylor spent a large part of his career in India in the service of the Nizam of Hyderabad, in the role of soldier, adminstrator, Superintendant of Bazaars and Assistant Superintendant of Police for the southwestern districts of Hyderabad.

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