The Reflective Indian

India – History and Society – for those who wish to think and learn for themselves

Tipu Sultan and the Scots

The Tiger and the Thistle

An exhibition on Tipu Sultan and the British in India (in particular the Scots!) was held in 1999 at the National Gallery in Edinburgh.

The exhibition had a range of exhibits including a very large painting by Sir David Wilkie depicting the discovery of the slain body of Tippoo Sahib by the victorious British forces at Serengipatnam (Tipu’s capital near Mysore). This painting still hangs in the National Gallery. I must say that standing in front of it, I found it quite distasteful. It certainly is not one of the attractions at the gallery.

To view this painting click here: National Gallery

Please use the link below to visit the website which provides a rich array of information on this important period in Indian history.


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