Darya Doulut, Seringapatam.
Photographer: Nicholas and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph, taken in the 1870s by Nicholas and Company, part of the Ramsden Collection of photographs, showing the Darya Daulat Bagh of Tipu Sultan at Srirangapattana (Seringapatam) in Karnataka state. Characterised by graceful proportions and richly coloured arabesque work in which it is decorated throughout, it was built in 1784 to serve as his summer palace. A series of impressive 18th century paintings are found on its walls. Tipu (1750-99), who succeeded his father Haider Ali as ruler of Mysore in 1782, was an able and courageous ruler who is best known for sustained and committed resistance to the British in the struggle for empire, resulting in the Anglo-Mysore wars.