Panorama of the Storming of Seringapatam


Panoramas were a popular form of entertainment at the beginning of the 19th century. There was fierce competition among their promoters to achieve the biggest, most topical, or most realistic panorama. To guide the audience, printed 'keys' or diagrams were sold, identifying and explaining the events and personalities depicted.

This woodcut, made by John Lee and exhibited at the Lyceum Theatre, in the Strand in London, in 1800, shows the powerful and wealthy Tipu Sultan being overthrown - which was regarded as a major success for Britain.

Victoria & Albert Museum E.572-1926 (CIS) (1800)
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