The Sandal Koti, Seringapatam
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph of the Sandal Koti, Srirangapatna taken in the 1890s by an unknown photographer, is from the Curzon Collection's 'Souvenir of Mysore Album'.Seringapatam was the capital of the rulers of Mysore and is situated on an island in the River Cauvery. Haider Ali reinforced the fortifications of the city during the Mysore Wars against the British. Tipu Sultan, Haider Ali's son, carried on his father's fight against British expansionism.. Also known as "The Tiger of Mysore", he chose the tiger as his emblem and had his troops dress in material printed with distinctive tiger stripes known as 'bubris', a motif which was also painted on walls and carved into calligraphic inscriptions in his palaces. Tipu was killed in the Fort during the storming of Seringapatam by Major General David Baird in 1799.