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Verapadroog, in the Barramah'l

Verapadroog, in the Barramah'l

Artist and engraver: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1802

Shelfmark: X432/3(13)

Item number: plate 13

Genre: Print

Plate 13 from the third set of Thomas and William Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery.' Virabhadradrug is one of the smaller of the South Indian fortified hills known as 'droogs' or 'drugs' from 'durga', Sanskrit for 'fort,' and is situated in the Baramahal, the hilly district between the Mysore plateau and the plains of Tamil Nadu. As the artists remarked, 'Verapadroog, with respect to its form and situation, is one of the most romantic forts of the Barramah'l. Its sides are very thickly clothed with wood a considerable way up, and the lower part is so surrounded by an impenetrable jungle, that the tygers which are said to be very numerous here, find a secure and undisturbed shelter.' When the Daniells visited it in 1792, the soldiers of Tipu Sultan were in course of evacuating it at the end of the Third Mysore War.

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