Engraving - Tippoo Saib’s Two Sons Delivered up to Lord Cornwallis, 1794
Engraving - Tippoo Saib’s Two Sons Delivered up to Lord Cornwallis, 1794
Engraving - Tippoo Saib’s Two Sons Delivered up to Lord Cornwallis, 1794
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Engraving - Tippoo Saib’s Two Sons Delivered up to Lord Cornwallis, 1794

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Overall: 44.5cm (17.3in) x 34cm (13.3in)

 

Mezzotint on paper. Inscribed in continuation below the title, ‘as Hostages, after he had so Gloriously Conquered that Proud Sultan at Seringapatam, the Capital of the Mysore Country, in the East Indies, in 1792', and '287 // Published 12th. May 1794, by Laurie & Whittle, 53, Fleet Street, London. // (Plate 2)'. 

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The young sons of Tipu Sultan, one with left hand on his kneeling father's arm, the other standing on the other side, putting his right hand in that of the Marquis Cornwallis, who stands to left, and to whose custody the pair are being delivered as hostages, military tents and officers in the background. 

As a result of Tipu Sultan’s miscalculation over the Third Mysore War (1792), he was compelled to cede half his territories, and deliver two of his sons as hostages until he paid in full three crores and thirty lakhs rupees fixed as war indemnity to the British for the campaign against him. He paid the amount in two instalments and his sons were returned from Madras.