View of Sankaridrug. 25 May 1792
Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil and wash drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of the view of Sankaridrug, dated 25 May 1792. This drawing is the sketch for 'Oriental Scenery,' part 4, plate 7.
The fort of Sankaridrug, built on one of the highest hills in Mysore, had been the scene of a terrible battle between British and Sultan Tipu's forces. It was stormed by the British during the Third Mysore War in 1790-92. The fort was the headquarters of a British battalion at the time of the Daniells' visit. A ring of walls protected the sides of the rocky hill overlooking the richly irrigated valley.
William wrote in his Journal, ‘…on the Top are several reservoirs of good Water which we were informed was sufficient to supply 5,000 men for Six Months - there are also Granaries for Rice, Sugar, Ghee, Oil, Powder &c.’