f.57v' Padshapoor Fort taken from the South on the Bank of the Hurncassee River situated 10 miles S.W.ly from Gokauk Falls & about 24 miles N.E.ly of Belgaon..'
Artist: Boyd, George (1800-1850)
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Pen and ink drawing of Padshapoor Fort near Belgaum, Karnataka 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 made during that period. Boyd served in the Bombay Infantry from 1820 to 1850 and was mainly employed in survey work. From 1822 to 1831 he was in the Deccan and Satara; in 1835 he was on survey in Kathiawar; and in 1839 he was making road surveys in Sind. He was mentioned in dispatches during the war in Afghanistan in 1840 and in 1842 he worked on a survey between Quetta and Kalat.
As it occupies a strategic position on the Deccan plateau, Belgaum and the surrounding area has been subject to many different ruling Hindu and Muslim dynasties, including the Cahlukyas, Rattas, Vijaynagaras, Bahmanis and the Marathas.