Raje Gaut, the principal road up to Rotas Ghur, Bahar
N.W. View of Rotas Ghur, Bahar
An Ancient Hindoo Temple, in the Fort of Rotas, Bahar
hand-coloured aquatints, July 1795, September 1796, January 1796 [each watermarked 'J.Whatman 1794'] on thick paper, occasional spotting
each P. 535 x 725mm.
February 1790: "Rotas Ghur is the most considerable hill fort of this part of India; it is naturally of great strength, and the weaker parts have been assisted by very strong works". Rohtasgarh, captured from its Hindu ruler by the Afghan Sher Khan Sur in 1539, was surrendered to the British in 1764. In these great elevations William Daniell noted that "there was nothing to disturb the serenity of [their] repose save the chattering of legions of monkeys which had colonised the neighbouring glen". (3)