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A view of Kunigal from the river

A view of Kunigal from the river

Artist: unknown

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1791

Shelfmark: WD4108

Item number: 4108

Length: 20.1

Width: 32.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Water-colour drawing of Kunigal from the river by an anonymous artist, c.1790 - 1792. Inscribed on the image is: 'East view of Kunigal. I.S.' This is one of eleven drawings mostly associated with the Third Mysore War (1790-92).

The British fought four separate wars with the Rajas of Mysore Haidar Ali (c. 1722-1782) and his son, Tipu Sultan (1753-1799) for control of southern India. In 1781 Haidar was defeated and died a year later but the military campaign was continued by his son, Tipu. The final battle took place in May 1799 when the British stormed the fortress and Tipu Sultan was killed. This defeat of Tipu and his forces made the British East India Company the paramount power in India.

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