Tipu's Flagstaff, Seringapatam
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph of Tipu's Flagstaff, Srirangapatna taken in the 1890s by an unknown photographer, is from the Curzon Collection's 'Souvenir of Mysore Album'. Haider Ali, ruler of Mysore, reinforced the fortifications of Seringapatam, an island in the Cauvery River and the capital of his kingdom, with the help of officers from the French Army. After Haider Ali's death his son, Tipu Sultan, who had also enlisted the help of Afghanistan and Turkey, carried on the fight against the British, who were allied with the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Marathas. Tipu was one of the most famous rulers of India and was known as "The Tiger of Mysore". He was killed in the Fort during the storming of Seringapatam by Major General David Baird in 1799.