The Reception of the Mysorean Hostage Princes by Marquis Cornwallis', 26 February 1792

Robert Home

The Reception of the Mysorean Hostage Princes by Marquis Cornwallis', 26 February 1792
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

'The Reception of the Mysorean Hostage Princes by Marquis Cornwallis', 26 February 1792.

Oil on canvas by Robert Home (1752-1834), 1793 (c).

During the 3rd Mysore War (1790-1792), a British force under Lieutenant-General Lord Cornwallis (1738-1805), Governor-General of India, besieged Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore, in his fortified island capital of Seringapatam. Tipu eventually made peace by ceding a large part of his dominions and a substantial financial settlement to the British. However, Cornwallis also demanded two of Tipu’s sons as hostages to ensure that the Treaty was fulfilled.

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