Hills between Verapadrug and Cauverypatam. 11 May 1792
Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil and wash drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of the hills between Verapadrug and Cauverypatam, dated 11 May 1792. Inscribed on front in pencil: 'between Verapadroog & Caveripatam'; on back in ink: '52. between Verapadroog & Caveripatam.'
Between March 1792 and April 1793 the Daniells travelled through South India which at that time was still very little explored by the British. Moving through the dramatic hilly country south of Bangalore, they visited the various hill forts where Tipu Sultan's soldiers had held out against the British.
‘Verapadroog’, the artists wrote, ‘…with respect to its form and situation, is one of the most romantic forts of the Barramah’l. Its sides are very thickly clothed with wood and impenetrable jungle, that the tygers...find a secure and undisturbed shelter.’ The South Indian word ‘droog’ indicated a great fortified hill.