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Mausoleum at Collar

Mausoleum at Collar

Artist: Allan, Sir Alexander (1764-1820)

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1794

Shelfmark: X378(1)

Item number: 3781

Length: 33.2

Width: 47.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This uncoloured aquatint is taken from plate 1 of Captain Alexander Allan's 'Views in the Mysore Country'. Kolar is the centre of India's goldmining region, Karnataka, famous for the deepest goldmine shafts in the world. Haider Ali of Mysore was born around 1722 in the tiny village of Budikote, near Kolar. This was the burial place of his ancestors, and to which his own body was carried immediately after his death in the Carnatic during the second Anglo-Mysore war. His body was embalmed and lay in state for four months before being removed to a mausoleum built by his son, Tipu Sultan, in the middle of a garden, Lal Bagh, in his capital Srirangapatna.

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