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View from the fort of Pratapgarh - 1850

June 30, 1850
Architectural and Building
Bahadur Shah II 1837–1857

View from the fort of Pratapgarh - 1850



View from the fort of Pratapgarh - 1850 Water-color painting of the view from the fort of Paragraph by William Carpenter(1818-1899) in 1850. The image is inscribed: 'The Ghats Mahableshwur seen from the fortress of Pratapgarh Nvr/50' which is repeated on reverse. Pratapgarh fort was built in 1656 to commemorate the victory of the great Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji over Afzal Khan, who was a general of Adil Shah of Bijapur. Shivaji either captured or built over 350 forts in Maharashtra creating a chain along the hills which formed a strong defensive line. The fort at Paragraph is situated at a height of 1,080 meters and commands spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. It has double walls with corner bastions, gates with studded iron spikes and two dismal (lantern towers) in the lower fort, which were hung with lanterns to form beacons. Text and image credit: Copyright © The British Library Board

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