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Painting - The Darya Daulat Bagh

The Darya Daulat Bagh

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Calcutta (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1795 - ca.1800 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

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.

Place of Origin

Calcutta (painted)


ca. 1795 - ca.1800 (painted)



Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Interior of the Palace of Seringapatam'
English; on front; ink


Height: 48 cm, Width: 71 cm

Object history note

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.

Historical context note

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.

Descriptive line

Painting; watercolour, the summer palace of Tipu Sultan; Calcutta, ca. 1795 - ca. 1800

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

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

p. 57, no. 59
Stronge, Susan, Tipu's Tigers, London: V&A Publishing, 2009 ISBN. 9781851775750

Production Note

By a Murshidabad artist, probably working in Calcutta


Watercolour; Paper



Subjects depicted



ELISE; Indian Company Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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