Exhibition Ended

The Tiger and the Thistle: Tipu Sultan and the Scots in India

From Thu 29 Jul 1999 - Sun 3 Oct 1999

This exhibition has now ended!


This exhibition and project focused on the feared and respected ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan, as well as the Scots in India from 1760-1800. Bringing together textiles, manuscripts, and weaponry alongside prints, drawings and paintings, a chronological display told the story of Tipu's reign and the Anglo-Mysore wars.

Several portraits of the key players in this historic period were also displayed, including Purnaya; Mohammad Ali; the Mahratta Peshwa; Baird; MacLeod; Lindsay and Home  The centrepiece of the exhibition; brought together for the first time was two great paintings: a 23 foot long depiction of the Battle of Pollilur and Sir David Wilkie’s epic history painting “David Baird Discovering the Body of Tipu Sultan”.

This exhibition was a Millennium Commission Project, supported by funds from the National Lottery and grant-aided by SCRAN

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