[View of the Breach at Seringapatam.]
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Breach at Srirangapatnam from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Souvenirs of Kolhapur. Installation of H.H. the Maharajah, 1894' taken in the 1890s by an unknown photographer. This was the site where Tipu Sultan (1753 -1799), the Raja of Mysore was finally defeated by the British. Tipu’s 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.