Lord Cornwallis receiving the sons of Tipu as hostages
By Mather Brown
Oil on metal fixed on panel, 44.5 x 52 cm
This two-part oil sketch is related to a series of three paintings Mather Brown produced to commemorate the military defeat of Tipu, the sultan of Mysore, by Lord Cornwallis, the British military commander-in-chief, which ended the Third Anglo-Mysore War. Lord Cornwallis had defeated Tipu in May 1791 but the ‘Definitive Treaty’ was not signed until March 1792, at which time two of Tipu’s sons were taken as temporary hostages by the British to ensure compliance with the treaty.
Mather Brown didn’t leave England to record these dramatic events, but based his work on descriptive military reports and his own speculation.
Collection: The Bowes Museum