Mountains of Aboo in Guzerat
Artist: Westall, William (1781-1850)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
This is plate 6 of Robert Melville Grindlay's 'Scenery, Costumes and Architecture chiefly on the Western Side of India'. Grindlay (1786-1877) was only 17 when he arrived in India in 1803. He served with the Bombay Native Infantry from 1804 to 1820 and during this period made a large collection of sketches and drawings.
The subject of this plate, Mount Abu, sprawls along a 1200-metre-high plateau in the south of Rajasthan, close to the border of Gujarat. It is Rajasthan's only hill-station and a major pilgrim centre. Although a part of the Aravalli range, it is detached completely from it by a narrow valley.