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Sankry Droog

Sankry Droog

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

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1803

Shelfmark: X432/4(7)

Item number: plate 7

Length: 42.6

Width: 59.95

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate 7 from the fourth set of Thomas and William Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery,' which they called 'Twenty-four Landscapes.' The views progress northwards from the far south at Cape Comorin to Srinagar in Garhwal in the Himalaya mountains. Sankari Drug is an isolated hill-fort 2345 feet above sea-level, standing 1500 feet above the plain of south-west Salem in Tamil Nadu, and the summit is defended by no less than ten successive walls and gates. It was fortified from at least the days of the Vijayanagar kings, and successive rulers of Mysore added further defensive works. William wrote in his Journal, '...on the Top are several reservoirs of good Water which we were informed was sufficient to supply 5,000 men for Six Months-there are also Granaries for Rice, Sugar, Ghee, Oil, Powder &c.'

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