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North East Angle of Seringapatam.

North East Angle of Seringapatam.

Artist: Home, Robert (1752-1834)

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1792

Shelfmark: WD3775(24)

Item number: 24

Length: 37.2

Width: 53.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Ink wash of the fortified town of Seringapatam (Srirangapatnam) by Robert Home (1752-1834) in 1792. This is one of a series of twenty-two 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.

Seringapatam, situated close to Mysore, is an island fortress surrounded Kaveri River. The name of the town is thought to derive from the 9th century Hindu temple on the island, Sri Ranganatha. In the late 18th century, the Mysore rulers Haidar Ali (r.1761-1782) and his son Tipu Sultan (r.1782-1799) fought numerous wars against the British over the control of Southern India. Seringapatam was the site of the two most famous sieges in this conflict in 1792 and 1799.

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