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F. Mills

Medallion 1799 - 1800

RCIN 67220

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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A silver medallion.The obverse with a profile head of Marquess Wellesley facing left.The reverse with a scene of a British soldier killing Tipu Sultan. Housed in gilt bronze frame cast with flowers and foliage. Behind glass. Hinged suspension ring.

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These gold and silver medals commemorate the defeat of Tipu, Sultan of Mysore by British forces in 1799. The figure in profile is Marquess Wellesley, who served as Governor-General of India from 1797. On the reverse, two British soldiers attack a fallen Indian soldier, possibly Tipu himself. The medals were designed by F. Mills and N.G.A. Brenet in 1799, the year of the battle, but not struck by James Mudie until 1820, when British euphoria at Tipu's defeat remained strong. They were possibly intended for Mudie's 'Series of Medals of British Victories', a set of 40 medals each available in gold, silver or bronze commemorating recent national triumphs. However, they were not included in the final set, which was dedicated to George IV.