(b. 1766, London, d. 1839, London)

The Last Effort and Fall of Tippoo Sultan

c. 1800
Oil on canvas, 101 x 126 cm
Private collection

Tipu (Tippoo) Sultan, also known as The Tiger of Mysore (1750-1799) ruled the Kingdom of Mysore from the time of his father's death in 1782 until his own demise in 1799. He was defeated in the Third Anglo-Mysore War and in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War by the combined forces of Britain and of Mysore's neighbours. He died defending his capital Srirangapatnam on May 4, 1799.

This dramatic composition is the third in a series of four pictures which Singleton painted c.1800. The other three compositions illustrate The Surrender of the Two Sons of Tippoo Sultaun to Sir David Baird, The Assault and Taking of Seringapatam, and The Body of Tippoo Sultaun recognised by his Family.

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