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View of the Fort at Rayakottai, Baramahal Hills. 3 February 1804

View of the Fort at Rayakottai, Baramahal Hills. 3 February 1804

Artist: Salt, Henry (1780-1827)

Medium: Wash

Date: 1804

Shelfmark: WD1304

Item number: 1304

Length: 43.7

Width: 60.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Wash drawing, by Henry Salt (1780-1827), of the Fort at Rayakottai in the Baramahal Hills, dated 3rd February 1804. This is the original drawing for 'Riacotta in the Baramahal', Plate 12 of Henry Salt's 'Twenty Four Views in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt'. Salt visited Rayakottai in Tamil Nadu on his way to the Cauvery Falls. Viscount Valentia (George Annesley) wrote of its importance as a point of communication between Mysore and the Carnatic: "[Governor General] Lord Cornwallis ... had the fortifications strengthened. At present they consist of the hill, whose top is only approachable by a narrow flight of steps, and a fort at the bottom where are very comfortable houses for the officers. The scenery is wild and abrupt, consisting of rocky hills, with woods and jungle between ... the climate is so moderate, that every kind of fruit and vegetable may be reared in a degree of perfection that is unknown on the sultry plains around Madras."


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