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The gateway in which Tipu Sultan was killed in the Fort at Shrirangapattana [Seringapatam].

The gateway in which Tipu Sultan was killed in the Fort at Shrirangapattana [Seringapatam].

Photographer: Dixon, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/23(2272a)

Item number: 2272a

Length: 24

Width: 29..2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Water Gate at the Fort of Seringapatam, Karnataka from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series, taken by Henry Dixon in c. 1868. Seringapatam, a small town near Mysore, is an island fortress surrounded by the Kaveri River that was ruled by Haidar Ali (r. 1761-1782) and then by his son Tipu Sultan until his death in 1799. Haidar Ali faced continued opposition from the British and numerous wars were fought for the control of southern India. In 1782 Haidar Ali died but the military campaign against the British was continued by his son. On 4 May 1799 the British stormed the island fortress at Seringapatam and Tipu Sultan was killed. Legend has it that he was killed at the spot shown in this photograph, but in actual fact it was 182 m to the east of this spot, marked by a small enclosure.

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