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Luigi Schiavonetti (1765–1810) after Robert Ker Porter (1777–1842)

Body of Tippoo Sultaun Recognised by his Family published by Luigi and Niccolò Schiavonetti and Anthony Cardon, London, 15 October 1801

RCIN 750587

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Tipu Sultan, the implacable 'Tiger of Mysore' who had been a major challenge to British authority in India, was finally defeated and killed in the assault on Seringapatam on 4 May 1799. The Prince of Wales was an avid collector of military prints as well as relics of Tipu Sultan, keeping eleven items from the Sultan's palace in the Armoury at Carlton House. Through Colnaghi he purchased this print and a pair on 29 September 1801, two weeks before they were officially published, for the considerable sum of 7 guineas.