'Miscellaneous Series Plate.6.' Gateway of the old Fort of Seondha, Datia State, Central India
Artist: Maisey, Frederick Charles (1825-1892)
Watercolour drawing by Frederick Charles Maisey of the gateway of the old fort at Seondah in Madhya Pradesh, from an album of 60 drawings dated 1847-1854. In the 'Descriptive list of drawings of Captain Maisey' the artist wrote, "Syundah, or Syurdah, is a considerable town on the Sind river…in the Datya territory. Besides a modern fort, there is an old one, among the ravines, now quite ruined…The old fort and town, which were probably built at the commencement of the 16th Sambat century, have been entirely ruined by the gradual formation of ravines; of the town and village, scattered stones and bricks alone mark the site: the remains of one of its entrance gateways still exist…The first gate of the Fort is still pretty perfect; it consists of a fine bold archway, not at all Hindu in appearance, with usual loopholed chambers on either side (vide plate 6)."