View of Sassoor in the Deccan, drawn in 1813
Artist: Purser, William (fl 1809-1837)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
This is plate 31 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.
Referring to the plate, Grindlay wrote: "In 1813, when the accompanying view was taken, there was some cultivated gardens and groves of beautiful trees, which derived an additional charm from the rocky barren character of the surrounding scenery. The adjacent walled building is a palace of the great Brahmin family of Poorundharee, whose fortunes have been for upwards of a century closely connected with those of the Peshwas, so long prominent personages in the History of the Deccan." The carriage in the foreground is called a Rutt'h or Rat'ha and is drawn by two white bullocks.