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View of Seringapatam 1792. View from the east, showing the strengthened fortifications on that side, with the mosque and temple towers visible beyond.

View of Seringapatam 1792.  View from the east, showing the strengthened fortifications on that side, with the mosque and temple towers visible beyond.

Artist: Colebrooke, Robert Hyde (1762-1808)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1792

Shelfmark: WD4462

Item number: 4462

Length: 40.7

Width: 54.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of a view of Seringapatam in Karnataka, by Robert Henry Colebrooke in 1792. This shows a view from the east, showing the strengthened fortifications on that side, with the mosque and temple towers visible beyond. Rocks and a tree in the left foreground, different from the engraved plate, with travellers approaching the city and cattle grazing beyond. Signed 'R.H. Colebrooke ad viv. delt. 1792' on the rocks lower centre, and inscribed in capitals below on original mount: 'View of Seringapatam 1792'. Srirangapatnam is an island set in the River Kaveri in the modern-day state of Karnataka in the south west of India. The Vijayanagara rulers built a fort here in 1454 and in 1616 it became the capital of the Mysore Wadayar Rajas. Later it was the capital of the renowned Rajas of Mysore, Haidar Ali (c. 1722-1782) and Tipu Sultan (1753-1799). The Rajas were responsible for turning the small state of Mysore into a major Muslim power. Haider Ali faced opposition from the Marathas, the Nizam of Hyderabad and the British. Four successive wars were fought 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.

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