View of the Delhi Gateway after it was repaired. 7
Artist: Home, Robert (1752-1834)
Medium: Ink wash on paper
Wash drawing of the Delhi Gateway of Bangalore Fort by Robert Home (1752-1834) in 1792. This is part of a series of twenty-two loose drawings together with a map and three plans completed by Home when he accompanied the British army under Cornwallis during the 3rd Mysore War 1791-1792 and drew many of the hill forts, or droogs, captured during the campaign.
Bangalore Fort was originally built out of mud by Kempe Gowda, a feudatory chief of the Vijayanagar Empire, and the founder of Bangalore city. In 1761 the fort was reconstructed in stone by the Raja of Mysore, Haidar Ali (c.1722 - 1782). It was an important stronghold during his reign and that of his successor and eldest son, Tipu Sultan (1753 -1799). The fortress was built in an unusual oval shape with eight gates only one of which, the Delhi Gate, survives. This gateway is decorated with ornate Persian friezes featuring lotuses, peacocks, half elephant-half bird motifs and elephants with entwined trunks. The gateway was once fitted with enormous doors however only the huge iron knobs on either side of the entrance can be seen today.