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Seringapatam 30002

Seringapatam 30002

Artist: Hunter, James (d. 1792)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1804

Shelfmark: X768/3(2)

Item number: 30002

Length: 27.75

Width: 34.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate two from 'Picturesque Scenery in the Kingdom of Mysore', based on a picture by James Hunter. The ancient fortress city of Seringapatam (now called Srirangapatna or Srirangapatnam) was the capital for the Muslim Rajas of Mysore, Haidar Ali (c.1722 - 1782) and his eldest son, Tipu Sultan (1753 -1799). It was located on an island in the Cauvery (Kaveri) River approximately 9 miles from Mysore and 75 miles from Bangalore. The name is derived from the ancient Hindu temple of Sri Ranganatha Swami which is located at the western end of the island. The city became the site of two of the most famous sieges of the Anglo-Mysore Wars (in 1792 and 1799).

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