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The Devil's Peak, Kondapalli

The Devil's Peak, Kondapalli

Artist: Caldwell, James Lillyman (1770-1863)

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1804

Shelfmark: WD678

Item number: 678

Length: 43.3

Width: 53.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and pen-and-ink sketch of the Devil's Peak at Kondapalle by James Lillyman Caldwell (1770-1863) between 1789 and 1820. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'Devil's Peak, Condapilly from Caldwell'; on back in ink: 'Sketch of the Devil's Peak at Condapilly.'

The hill fort at Kondapalle in Andhra Pradesh was originally built around 1360 by the Reddis of Kondavid. It was captured by Humayun the Cruel in 1458 and in 1687 it was occupied by the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb. In 1766 the British under General Caillaud stormed the fort and took it. The fort is entered through three successive gates and on the fortified summit is the Tanisha Mahal or Palace.

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