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Plan, perhaps of Hissar (Punjab)

Plan, perhaps of Hissar (Punjab)

Draughtsman: Smith, Robert (1787-1873)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1812

Shelfmark: WD309

Item number: f.29v

Length: 27

Width: 43.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Plan

Plan drawn in pencil by Robert Smith (1787-1873) from an album 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.

Hissar, a town in northern India, was founded by 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, an old fort built from the remains of a Jain temple, and the late 14th century mosque of Firuz Shah. To the east of the town lies the Jahaz, an unusual building shaped like a ship.

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