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Sketches of line of march with elephants and troops crossing a river

Sketches of line of march with elephants and troops crossing a river

Draughtsman: Smith, Robert (1787-1873)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1812

Shelfmark: WD309

Item number: f.28v

Length: 27

Width: 44.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

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Pencil drawing of elephants and troops in northern India by Robert Smith (1787-1873) inbetween 1812 and 1813. This is one of 29 drawings (29 folios) of landscapes and architecture in the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh dated 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.

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