Map of Bombay and the district prepared for Peshwa
By the Peshwa's agent in Bombay about 1770
Watercolour on Paper

This 18th century map was prepared for the Peshwa Madhavrao, the Maratha ruler of the Deccan and a rival of the British in erstwhile Bombay. The map is particularly interesting for its unique perspective. It was not meant to be an accurate survey of the region but rather a diagrammatic representation with symbols highlighting important information. This depiction of Mumbai (Bombay) and its harbour was probably made as part of a Maratha strategy to take control of the island.