f.4' Palace of the 7 Stories, Beejapoor, 1836.'
Artist: Boyd, George (1800-1850)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing of the Seven Storied Palace at Bijapur by George Boyd (1800-1850) dated between 1821 and 1844. This is one of 95 drawings (90 folios), chiefly of landscapes and monuments in the Deccan, West India and Afghanistan.
Originally named Vijayapura, or the ‘City of Victory’, Bijapur was established during the reign of the Chalukyan dynasty of Kalyani during the 10th and 11th centuries. It was later the capital of the Adil Shahi Dynasty in the 15th century and witnessed a great burst of architectural activity. The Sat Manzili or Seven Storied Palace was constructed in 1583 under the patronage of the Adil Shah kings. The structure served as a watchtower overlooking the bastions, the moat surrounds, and the ramparts of the citadel. The palace is now mostly in ruins and only five floors remain. Traces of figural decoration can still be seen on the walls.