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Fort at Allahabad (U.P.) seen from the river.

Fort at Allahabad (U.P.) seen from the river.

Artist: Smith, Robert (1787-1873)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1814

Shelfmark: WD2087

Item number: 2087

Length: 18.2

Width: 30.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Water-colour painting of the fort at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh seen from the river by Robert Smith (1787-1873) between 1814 and 1815. Inscribed on the mount in pencil is: 'Allahabad.'

The fort at Allahabad was built on the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers by Akbar, the third Emperor of the Mughal dynasty from 1583 onwards. This position was of strategic importance and was one of the focal points of the Uprising of 1857. The fort was one of the largest of Akbar’s forts and contains the Zenana Palace which is a baradari or Pavilion and the Ashoka Pillar.

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