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Artist: Hunter, James (d. 1792)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1804

Shelfmark: X768/3(28)

Item number: 30028

Genre: Print

Plate 28 from 'Picturesque Scenery in the Kingdomof Mysore' by James Hunter (d.1792). This aquatint, which is based on a picture by Hunter, shows the hill fort at Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu. Hill forts such as Krishnagiri played a strategic role in the battles of the Third Mysore War (1792). During the latter half of the 18th century, large areas of southern India were controlled by Haider Ali Khan (c.1722 - 1782) and his son, Tipu Sultan (1753 -1799), the kings of Mysore. Their armies were also stationed at the hill-forts (droogs) such as this one. The 4 Anglo-Mysore wars produced a spate of publications and paintings portraying and describing events of the various campaigns.

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