Feros's Lhat, Hissahr [Feroz's Lat, Hissar]
Draughtsman: Smith, Robert (1787-1873)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing of Firuz Shah's Lat or column at Hissar by Robert Smith (1787-1873) dating to 1813. This is one of a series of 29 drawings (29 folios) of landscapes and architecture in the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh of 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.
Hissar, in northern India, was founded by Sultan Firuz Shah Tughlaq in 1354 when he constructed a canal to bring water to his hunting ground here. In the 19th century the canal was renovated and incorporated into the West Yamuna Canal. The town contains many interesting ruins such as the Gujari Mahal, a fort built from the remains of a Jain temple, and the late 14th century Lat and Mosque of Firuz Shah shown here. To the east of the town lies the Jahaz Mahal, an unusual palace building shaped like a ship.