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The Darya Daulat Bagh

Painting
ca. 1795 - ca.1800 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This painting by an Indian artist was probably made for the British market in India and shows the interior of Tipu Sultan's summer palace. In the background are soldiers in 'tiger-marked' uniforms, reflecting Tipu Sultan's lifelong obsession with the animal. It was his emblem of state, and the British came to know him as 'The Tiger of Mysore'. The V&A houses a mechanical organ ('Tippoo's Tiger') that once belonged to him. It is in the form of a European being mauled by a tiger.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Watercolour on paper
Brief description
Painting; watercolour, the summer palace of Tipu Sultan; Calcutta, ca. 1795 - ca. 1800
Physical description
View of the Darya Daulat Bagh - a richly decorated interior room viewed through an arched entrance. Three soldiers in 'tiger marked' uniforms can be seen - one in front of pillars, two at right.
Dimensions
  • Height: 48cm
  • Width: 71cm
Style
Marks and inscriptions
'Interior of the Palace of Seringapatam' (English; on front; ink)
Object history
Folio from a volume of "Views in India", containing 49 watercolour paintings, bought on 4 March 1887 from Mr. T. Toon of 38 Leicester Square for £50.

A similar painting, though with differences of detail, is in the Royal Collection
Historical context
The 'tiger-marked' uniforms, reflecting Tipu Sultan's life long obsession with the animal. It was his emblem of state, and he became known to the British as 'The Tiger of Mysore'. Buildings from various parts of India were included by Calcutta and Murshidabad artists in their sets depicting famous monuments. A similar painting of the same building is in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle.
Production
By a Murshidabad artist, probably working in Calcutta
Subject depicted
Places depicted
Association
Summary
This painting by an Indian artist was probably made for the British market in India and shows the interior of Tipu Sultan's summer palace. In the background are soldiers in 'tiger-marked' uniforms, reflecting Tipu Sultan's lifelong obsession with the animal. It was his emblem of state, and the British came to know him as 'The Tiger of Mysore'. The V&A houses a mechanical organ ('Tippoo's Tiger') that once belonged to him. It is in the form of a European being mauled by a tiger.
Bibliographic references
  • Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992, 78 p. ISBN 0944142303
  • Stronge, Susan, Tipu's Tigers, London: V&A Publishing, 2009 ISBN. 9781851775750p. 57, no. 59
Collection
Accession number
IS.11:16-1887

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Record createdJanuary 25, 2000
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