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Gate of the Fort, Karauli. 26 January 1789

Gate of the Fort, Karauli. 26 January 1789

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1789

Shelfmark: WD243

Item number: 243

Length: 36.9

Width: 52.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and wash drawing of the gate of the fort at Karauli in Rajasthan by Thomas and William Daniell, 26 January 1789. Inscribed on the back in ink is: 'Nr 60. Fort Gate at Keroulee'; and in pencil: 'No 23. Kerouli.'

Thomas Daniell (1749-1840) and his nephew William (1769-1837) travelled throughout India from 1786 to 1794 drawing and painting the landscape views and monuments they witnessed along the way. The Daniells are renowned for their Oriental Scenery, a collection of aquatints of views of India in six parts published between 1795 and 1810. Formerly known as Kalyanpuri, after the local deity Kalyanji, Karauli was the capital of a small princely state in eastern Rajasthan founded in 1348 by Raja Arjun Pol. Strongly fortified, the town is surrounded by a wall of red sandstone strengthened by several bastions and surrounded by a series of ravines. A peripheral wall with six gates provides an extra line of defence, although it is now mostly in ruins. A palace was built at Karauli by Arjun Pol but was superseded by the 18th century structure erected by Raja Gopal Singh in the Delhi style of architecture.

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