Sotheby’s to Sell Paintings Depicting Tipu Sultan’s Victory Over the British at the Battle of Pollilur in 1780


LONDON.- Sotheby’s announced that on the 230th anniversary of the renowned Battle of Pollilur in India, which took place on 10th September 1780, Sotheby’s London, in its biannual Arts of the Islamic World Sale on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, will offer for sale 24 rare and rediscovered preparatory paintings depicting the conflict. The paintings, which have remained in private hands since 1802 and were last exhibited in the 1990 Tigers round the Throne, The Court of Tipu Sultan exhibition at the Zamana Gallery, London, have outstanding provenance and are estimated at £650,000-800,000. The collection of 24 preparatory paintings depict the famous Battle of Pollilur in India at which the East India Company army surrendered to Tipu Sultan and his father Haydar Ali and suffered a high number of casualties, representing one of the worst defeats the British suffered on the subcontinent. While the British lost this particular battle