Dowlutabad, the ancient Deo Gurh
Artist: Daniell, William (1769-1837)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
This is plate 11 from Robert Melville Grindlay's 'Scenery, Costumes and Architecture chiefly on the Western Side of India'. Grindlay (1786-1877) was in the service of the East India Company and also work as an artist. While in India he made a collection of sketches and drawings.
The former city of Deogiri, in Hyderabad state, has today shrunk into a village. Its earlier greatness is still reflected in this magnificent fortress and other public buildings. The outer wall of the fortress once enclosed the ancient city of Deogiri. It is said to have been founded by Bhillama I of the Yadava dynasty in the west around 1187AD. In 1339, Muhammad bin Tughlak determined to make it his capital, and changed its name to Daulatabad, meaning Abode of Wealth.