View near Tonk in Rajpootana
Artist: Westall, W (1781-1850)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
This is plate 24 from 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 town of Tonk is in the province of Ajmer. Grindlay wrote: "In 1804, Tonk, Rampoora and the lands attched, were taken [from the ruling Holkars] by the combined armies of Bengal and Bombay, under Lord Lake and General Richard Jones." He continued: "It is nearly encircled by hills; but the appearance is desolate and uninviting ... Meer Khan has constructed a fort outside the town, which is called after himself, Ameergurh ... surrounded on every side by picturesque objects for the artist and antiquarian, especially the numerous isolated hill-forts."