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Drawing - Delhee Gate of the Palace, Delhee
  • Delhee Gate of the Palace, Delhee
    Smith, Robert Captain
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Delhee Gate of the Palace, Delhee

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Delhi (made)

  • Date:

    1828-33 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, Robert Captain (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Robert Smith (1792-1882) was born in Dublin, though his family lived in Dirleton, Haddingtonshire, Scotland. In 1809 he joined the 44th (East Sussex) regiment as an ensign and served until his retirement in 1833. He became lieutenant in 1811 and captain in 1825, serving in Italy and Sicily from 1809 to 1812. From about 1813 to 1815 he was in the USA, where he was wounded in New Orleans. In 1817 he married Mary Elizabeth Soden, by whom he had two daughters and a son, Robert Henry Soden Smith, who became Keeper of the Art Library at South Kensington (now in the Victoria and Albert Museum). During Robert Smith's second visit to India, he travelled from Calcutta to join his regiment, which was stationed in Cawnpore (Kanpur). An amateur artist, he made a series of pencil drawings and watercolour vignettes that later formed part of his unpublished two-volume 'Pictorial Journal of Travels in Hindustan from 1828 to 1833'. This drawing depicts a gate of the palace in Delhi. In his journal, Smith describes it as follows: ‘The annexed drawing is taken from near our tents, and though an artist would say the view is improved in picturesque effect by the numerous huts around, yet the grandeur of the building is greatly disfigured by these mean accessories.’

Place of Origin

Delhi (made)


1828-33 (made)


Smith, Robert Captain (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper


Height: 8.7 cm, Width: 12.5 cm

Object history note

From "Pictorial Journal of Travels in Hindustan from 1828, to 1833. By Captain Robert Smith Late H.M. 44th Regt'", 65 detached and mounted illustrations in pencil. The work, much of it in diary form, includes illustrations of voyages on the Ganges from Calcutta to Cawnpore, begun December 18, 1828, completed March 22, 1829; and visits to Cawnpore, Delhi, Agra, Lucknow and elsewhere in 1831-32. Smith retired to Ireland in 1833 but continued to work on the unpublished manuscript until 1845.

Descriptive line

Drawing, p[encil, Gate of the Palace, Delhi, Cpt Robert Smith, 1828-33

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p. 208, pl. 18
Rohatgi P. and Parlett G., assisted by Imray S. and Godrej P. Indian Life and Landscape by Western Artists: Paintings and Drawings from the Victoria and Albert Museum, 17th to the early 20th century. Published by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, in association with V&A, London, 2008. ISBN 81-901020-9-5.

Subjects depicted

Palaces; Landscapes; Gates


Images Online; Drawings; Architecture; Animals and Wildlife


South & South East Asia Collection

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