East view of Bangalore with the Cypress Garden. W2567/2
Artist: Home, Robert (1752-1834)
Medium: Etching, with line-engraving
Etching with line-engraving of an eastern view of Bangalore with the Cypress Garden by Thomas Morris (b.1750) after sketches Robert Home (1752-1834) had made when he had accompanied the troops in Lord Cornwallis's campaign against Tipu Sultan in 1792. Plate 2 of Robert Home's 'Select Views in Mysore, the country of Tippoo Sultan' published in London in 1794.
Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, was founded in the 16th century by the Hindu ruler Kempe Gowda. By the late 18th century, the town was ruled by Haidar Ali (r.1761-1782) and his son Tipu Sultan (r.1782-1799). In 1791, the Fort at Bangalore was captured by the British. The Cypress Gardens in this view are now known as the Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens. They were originally laid out Haidar Ali.