[Unidentified view inside a fort, probably Seringapatam.]
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the fort Srirangapatnam from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Souvenirs of Kolhapur. Installation of H.H. the Maharajah, 1894' taken in the 1890s by an unknown photographer. Mysore was ruled by the Hindu Wodeyar Maharajas from c.1400 until the 20th century, save for the period from 1761 until 1799 when the Muslim Haider Ali and his son Tipu Sultan seized power. Tipu Sultan (1753 -1799), fought bitterly against the British. His final defence was to retreat to his heavily fortified citadel at Seringapatam (modern Srirangapatnam), the island fortress in the kaveri river. However British forces reached the island city on 5 April 1799 and stormed the fortress, Tipu was killed on 4 May 1799. The defeat of Tipu and his forces in 1799 made the British East India Company the paramount power in India.