Inside View of the Palace at Bangalore. 10
Artist: Home, Robert (1752-1834)
Medium: Ink wash on paper
Wash drawing of the interior of the palace at Bangalore by Robert Home (1752-1834) in 1792. This is one of a series of 22 loose drawings together with a map and three plans completed by Home when he accompanied the British army under Cornwallis during the 3rd Mysore War 1791-1792.
Bangalore and its fort were founded in the 16th century by the Hindu ruler Kempe Gowda. In the late 18th century, the town was under the control of Haidar Ali (r.1761-1782) and his son Tipu Sultan (r.1782-1799). Tipu Sultan had built two palaces in Bangalore; while the main palace was situated in the fort, the summer palace was located ouside the city walls to the south.
In Robert Home's 'Select Views in Mysore, the country of Tippoo Sultan' published in London in 1794 he described the palace in the fort as 'grand and spacious...The pillars are connected by scalloped arches; and the whole superbly painted and gilt. The walls in front of the entrances to the west and east halls have balconies, richly carved, and raised by small pillars, united by arches.'