Chakan, Maharashtra

Valentine Blacker1818

Kalakriti Archives

Kalakriti Archives
Hyderabad, India

Chakun was a strategically important fortified town guarding the northern approaches to Pune, the Maratha capital. Chakun consisted of a fortified pettah (town) surrounding a formidable medieval stone fortress. EIC Colonel Deacon’s artillery subjected the fortress to a heavy pounding but as that seemed not to do the trick the British began preparing to storm the fortress. However, at this point, Chakun’s killedar realized that his cause was lost and negotiated terms of surrender.


  • Title: Chakan, Maharashtra
  • Creator: Valentine Blacker
  • Date Created: 1818
  • Date Published: 1821
  • Location Created: India
  • Physical Dimensions: 28 x 26 cm
  • Type: Map
  • Publisher: The Book titled on " Memoirs of the operations of the British Army in India during The Mahratta War of 1817, 1818, and 1819", Valentine Blacker, Londan, 1821.
  • Medium: Manuscript, in pen and ink, with watercolour on paper
  • Title (Original): Plan of the Attack of Chakun which Surrendd. on the 26th Feby 1818 to a Detacht. from the 1st Division of the Army of the Deckan Commanded by Lieutt. Coll. Deacon.
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1778/1826
  • Creator's Bio: Valentine Blacker was a lieutenant colonel who served in the British East India Company during the first half of the 19th century. Blacker was born in 1778 in Armagh, Ireland, and came to India and joined in the Madras army in 1798, then started his career with the Mysore campaign. Later, he was employed in Wayanad district under Col. Stevenson in 1800 and given charge of cavalry troops; he was then under Col. Agnew, and in 1802 acted as the secretary to the Col. Pater, who was then commanding the southern divisions. In the subsequent years, due to his sheer merit, he commanded and participated in many campaigns. Finally, he was appointed as the Surveyor General of India. Valentine Blacker died in 1826 and was buried in the city of Calcutta.

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