Section through the Gooty fort showing an elevation of one of the ornamental towers
Artist: Fraser, Thomas (1776-1823)
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Pen-and-ink section of the Gooty fort showing an elevation of one of the ornamental towers by Thomas Fraser (1776-1823), c. 1802.
The town of Gooty in Andhra Pradesh is surrounded by a circle of rocky hills, on the highest of which stands the fort, 301 metres (989 feet) above the plain. It is approached by a path which winds its way up the steep sides of the rock to the citadel on the summit. The fort, built between 1509 and 1530, was once the stronghold of Murari Rao, a famous Mahratha warrior and ally of the British who joined Robert Clive at Arcot in 1751. The ruler of Mysore, Haidar Ali (c. 1722-1782) seized the fort in 1776 however during the Mysore campaign of 1799 it fell to the British.