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West view of Seringapatam.

West view of Seringapatam.

Artist: Home, Robert (1752-1834)

Medium: Etching, with line-engraving

Date: 1794

Shelfmark: W2567(26)

Item number: W2567/26

Length: 12.3

Width: 20.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Etching with line-engraving of a west view of Seringapatam by James Fittler (1758-1835) 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 26 from Robert Home's 'Select Views in Mysore, the country of Tippoo Sultan' published in London in 1794.

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. This view shows the Sri Ranganatha temple and the Flagstaff within the fortifications of the town and the river in the foreground.

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