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Colin Mackenzie (active 1783-d. 1821)

Battle of Seringapatam, 1791

BATTLE of / the 15th of May, 1791 / fought by the British Army / Commanded by / The RIGHT HON,,ble EARL CORNWALLIS, K.G. / Gov,,r Gen,,l and Commander in Chief &c &c / And the Army of / TIPPOO SULTAN BAHAUDER / With... c.1791

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: 1:64,500 | RCIN 735003

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A map of the Battle of Seringapatam (also known as the Battle of Arakere), fought on 15 May 1792, between the British (British East India Company's Madras army, and Allied forces from the Nizam of Hyderabad), commanded by Charles, First Marquess Cornwallis (1738-1805), Governor-General of India, and the Mysorean army, commanded by Tipu Sultan (1750-99), resulting in a British victory. Third Anglo-Mysore War (1789-92). Oriented with south to top (cardinal points).

The Battle of Seringapatam, also known as the Battle of Arakere, was fought on 15 May 1791. It was a British victory over the forces of Tipu Sultan. The map shows the routes of the British army on 14 May; their forming into two lines as they crossed the River Nulla while being cannonaded by the enemy; the attack of Lieutenant-Colonel Maxwell; the march of the army under general William Medow; the charge of the cavalry under Colonel Floyd; and the retreat of the Mysorean army. British troops are coloured in red, Nizam's in yellow, and Tippoo's in green.

  • Colin Mackenzie (active 1783-d. 1821) (cartographer) [bottom left, below border:] C Mackenzie Lieut Fecit.

    James Lilliman Caldwell (d. 1863) (draughtsman) [bottom right, below border:] J L Caldwell Del..t

  • Watermark: JWHATMAN

    Mark, stamped: 1068

    Condition: one fold line; creased; surface dirt along right edge. Verso: surface dirt along left and right edges; brown discolouration along right edge

  • Scale: 1:64,500. Scale bar: Scale of British Miles [100 mm =] 4.

    33.4 x 49.3 cm (image and neatline)

    35.8 x 51.6 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    BATTLE of / the 15th of May, 1791 / fought by the British Army / Commanded by / The RIGHT HON,,ble EARL CORNWALLIS, K.G. / Gov,,r Gen,,l and Commander in Chief &c &c / And the Army of / TIPPOO SULTAN BAHAUDER / With a Sketch of the / FORT AND ISLAND of / SERINGAPATAM / And the Positions of the Army / before and after the Action. [bottom left, in circular cartouche]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, below title, a descriptive key, 1-10, to the actions on 14 and 15 May and A, B, to the original position of the enemy and the dams made across the river:] REFERENCES.


    George III heading: Battle of Seringapatam 15 May 1791.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Seringapatam A drawn Plan of the Battle of Seringapatam fought by the British Army commanded by Earl Cornwallis, and the Army of Tippoo Sultan Bahauder, on the of May 1791, with a Sketch of the Fort and Island of Seringapatam, and the positions of the Army before and after the Action: by Lieut. C. Mackenzie and I.L. Caldwell

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Seringapatam, Karnātaka, India (12°25'10"N 76°41'04"E)

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