View from Bijaigarh Fort (U.P.). 25 December 1868
Artist: Leighton, Stanley (1837-1901)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing by Stanley Leighton of the view from the Bijaigarh Fort, dated 25 December 1868. Inscribed on front in pencil: 'From the hill fortress of Bijegurh . Mirzapore district. Christmas Day, 1868.'
The stronghold of Bijaigarh had played an important role in the history of British East India Company at the end of the eighteenth century. In 1781 William Hodges had been sent by his patron, Warren Hastings, to witness the siege of Bijaigarh by Major Popham and was the first artist to draw views of the fort. At this time, Indian rebel Raja Chait Singh had wrested control of the fort from the British. Popham's siege was a success, although Chait Singh managed to escape to Gwalior. This drawing depicts the Fort of Bijaigarh perched on top of a mountain, overlooking the vast plain and high rocks.