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Views in Mysore. The Deria Dowlut in Seringapatam. The battle view

Views in Mysore. The Deria Dowlut in Seringapatam. The battle view

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/6(2)

Item number: 21262

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 40 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. Srirangapatna in Karnataka was the capital of the rulers of Mysore from 1610 and an important cultural centre where the painting tradition of the region was continued. Fine paintings cover the walls of the Darya Daulat Bagh, the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, (ruled 1782-99). The west wall carries portraits of Tipu and his father Haider Ali and scenes of the second Anglo-Mysore war (1778-84) in which they defeated the British. Lyon wrote in his 'Notes to Accompany a Series of Photographs Prepared to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India' (Marion & Co., London, 1870), edited by James Fergusson, that this photograph, '...represents the Paintings covering the wall at the west side...The subject is the defeat of a detachment of English troops under Colonel Baillie who while on their march to Trichinopoly, were attacked by a body of Mahratta Horse under Hyder Ali and cut to pieces. The procession on the upper part of the picture is supposed to represent the triumphant return of the victors after the battle. This painting was whitewashed over by the English after the place was taken'.

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