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Sawen-Droog, from the S[outh]

Sawen-Droog, from the S[outh]

Artist: Allan, Sir Alexander (1764-1820)

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1794

Shelfmark: X378(13)

Item number: 37813

Length: 33.4

Width: 47.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This uncoloured aquatint is taken from plate 13 of Captain Alexander Allan's 'Views in the Mysore Country'. During the Anglo-Mysore Wars of the late 18th century, Savandurg was the most forbidding of all the hill forts in the area. Allan was obviously impressed with the site since he made two different views of it. He wrote: "A fortress constructed on a stupendous rock, the summit is split by a chasm into two peaks, forming two distinct forts, named the Black and White Rocks, and hitherto deemed impregnable." Nevertheless, British troops commanded by Lt Col Stuart mounted a successful assault against the fort in December 1791.

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