West Wall of Jellalabad Fort 1842

The schematic nature of these drawings can be seen in the way the west wall ends and the north wall is shown on the left of the picture as if the viewer has turned the corner. This explains why the encircling ditch appears to turn into an opening in the wall. The top drawing is the 'after' view with improved battlements and large ditch dug in front of the wall. The bottom view is the 'before' with figures on the parapets exposed to enemy fire. The upper drawings of the walls have had a jagged line drawn on them which these reproductions show as black, but on the original is red. This line represents the parts of the wall that fell away during the earthquake of the 19th Feb.

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