Fort at Daree
Draughtsman: Smith, Robert (1787-1873)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing of the fort in northern India by Robert Smith (1787-1873) in 1812. This is one of 29 drawings (29 folios) of landscapes and architecture in the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh dating to 1812 and 1813. Inscribed on the original cover is: 'No. 4. Rewarry & Seik Country: Siharunpoor & Hurdwar. Lines of March etc.'; on the inside of the cover is: 'Drawn by Col Smith. R.E. Owner of the extensive round house at Paignton, Devon. Book of Sketches sold by auction at the above house - 4 of the books purchased by me. J. Pethwick. The Colonel was splendid as a draftsman, but the worst possible as a painter.' The drawings are inscribed with titles in pencil.
Captain Robert Smith (1787-1873) was a military engineer with the East India Company. He was in India from 1805 to 1833. He designed a number of buildings in India and also repaired various Indian monuments including the Kutb Minar and the Jami Masjid at Delhi.