Fortified Island on the Malabar Coast in the East Indies, belonging to Tippoo Sultan--Engraver: Jukes, F. Medium: Aquatint Date: 1794

Fortified Island on the Malabar Coast in the East Indies, belonging to Tippoo Sultan

Fortified Island on the Malabar Coast in the East Indies, belonging to Tippoo Sultan



Fortified Island on the Malabar Coast in the East Indies, belonging to Tippoo Sultan

Aquatint published by F. Jukes in 1794 and part of King George III's Topographical Collection, with a view of an island fort of Tipu Sultan on the Malabar Coast in southern India. It is one of the forts which was ceded to the British during the Third Anglo-Mysore War (1789-92). Tipu Sultan (b.1750-d.1799), was the strong and capable ruler of Mysore who consistently opposed the British as they expanded their control over India. The bitter struggle between the two powers was played out through the Anglo-Mysore Wars and only ended in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War of 1799, when Tipu was defeated and died fighting while his capital Seringapatam (Srirangapattana) fell to the British.