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The grand historical picture of the storming of Seringapatam by the British troops and their allies, May 4th, 1799 : painted by Robert Ker Porter / Lee sc.

[Manchester] : Printed by W. and J. Shelmerdine, wholesale stationers and paper manufacturers, 16 Hanging-ditch, opposite Spread Eagle, [1800?]
Physical Description:
1 print : woodcut and letterpress ; sheet 37 x 51 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2016 3h
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
"Open every day, from nine o'clock till dusk, in a new building, erected for that purpose, in Mosley-Street, Manchester. Admittance, one shiling."
"It is intended to publish by subscription, three large prints from the above painting, proposals for which may be had at the place of exhibition, where subscriptions are also received."
The illustrations and letterpress are reproduced, with minor modifications, from a version advertising the panorama's appearance at the Lyceum, in London. For a copy of the print describing the Lyceum appearance, see: Victoria and Albert Museum, E.572-1926.
The engraver is probably John Lee (d. 1804).
A schematic key to the Robert Key Porter's semi-circular painted panorama of the storming of the Seringapatam, first exhibited in London. Important buildings and places are depicted. A numbered key identifies 46 participants. A concise summary of the events is provided beneath the illustration.
"The public are respectfully informed that this painting is designed from the most authentic and correct information relative to the scenery of the place, costume of the soldiery, and various circumstances of the attack. It is executed upon a scale comprehending 2550 square feet of canvas, and contains several hundred figures, with portraits of the British officers who distinguished themselves on that occasion. The above engraved outline includes only those objects in the picture to which a particular reference is made in the explanatory columns, and is given merely to assist the eye in tracing the relative situations on the canvass."
Subject Terms:
Amusements -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- History, Military -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947.
India -- History -- Mysore War, 1799.
Mysore (India) -- History.
Panoramas -- Great Britain.
Śrīraṅgapaṭṭaṇa (India) -- History -- Siege, 1799.
Woodcuts -- 1800.
Porter, Robert Ker, Sir, 1777-1842, artist.
Lee, John, -1804, engraver.
W. & J. Shelmerdine, (printer)

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