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Native Demons Attacking European Troops, 1791



Title: Indian Demons Attacking Fort Defended by European Troops

Description: This unsigned watercolor by an unknown Indian artist depicts the events of the Third Mysore War (1790-92). The Anglo-Mysore wars were a series of conflicts in the late 18th century that were fought between the Kingdom of Mysore, located in southwestern India, and the British East India Company. After victories in the first two wars, Mysore, led by Tipu Sultan, invaded the nearby coastal state of Travancore, which was a British ally. This led to the Third Mysore War, which the British won. Although the royal family of Mysore was Hindu, Tipu Sultan was Muslim, which may explain the presence of the Arabic inscription on the bottom of the work. The watercolor is from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at the Brown University Library, the foremost American collection devoted to the history and iconography of soldiers and soldiering, and one of the world’s largest collections devoted to the study of military and naval uniforms.

Date Created: Around 1791

Language: Arabic

Physical Description: 1 watercolor; 15.3 x 24 centimeters

Collection: Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection

Institution: Brown University Library
- found this incredible image at World Digital Library

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