View of the third gateway of the Fort, Gooty. Sepoys in the foreground
Artist: Fraser, Thomas (1776-1823)
Water-colour showing the third gateway of the fort at Gooty with Sepoys in the foreground, by Thomas Fraser (1776-1823), c. 1802. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'View of the 3rd Gateway shewing the only Passage up the Rock of Gooty taken from the Platform of the Southern Bastion of the lower line. T. Fraser, Engr.'; on the back in ink: C.'No.17. Gootty.'
The town of Gooty in Andhra Pradesh is surrounded by a circle of rocky hills, on the highest of which stands the fort, 301 metres (989 feet) above the plain. It is approached by a path which winds its way up the steep sides of the rock to the citadel on the summit. The fort, built between 1509 and 1530, was once the stronghold of Murari Rao, a famous Mahratha warrior and ally of the British who joined Robert Clive at Arcot in 1751. The ruler of Mysore, Haidar Ali (c. 1722-1782) seized the fort in 1776 however during the Mysore campaign of 1799 it fell to the British.