Source of the Bairis river
Engraver: Finden, Edward Francis (1791-1857)
Engraving of the Banas River by Edward Francis Finden (1791-1857) and Patrick Young Waugh (1788-1829). Plate 23 of James Tod's 'Annals and antiquities of Rajast'han or the Central and WEstern Rajpoot States of India' published in London in 1829.
In 1818 Mewar and other princely states signed a treaty with the British and Colonel James Tod became the first Political Agent to the Western Rajput States. Along with his official duties, Tod became very interested in the genealogies of the Rajput Kingdoms as well as the art they produced. Of this site, Tod wrote: 'Here we amused ourselves in chalking out the site of our projected residence on the heights of the Toos, and in fishing at the source of the Baris. Of this scene I present the reader with a view; and if he allows his imagination to ascend the dam which confines the waters of the lake, he may view the Oodi-sagur, with its islets...'