Descriptive Sketch of the Three Prints of the Storming of Seringapatam [parallel text in French].In the centre of the Print, is the Breach [...]
Scarce etching, platemark approx 395 x 550mm (15½ x 21½"). Whatman 1794 watermark
Keyplate identifying the events and figures represented in the three prints of the Storming of Seringapatam by Giovanni Vendramini after Robert Ker Porter (the paintings, exhibited in 1800, were subsequently destroyed in a fire). Includes Tipu Sultan and his palace, Lieutenant General Baird, and Lieutenant General Harris. Porter (1777-1842), a painter, writer and diplomat, was best-known for such large military scenes such as 'The Storming of Seringapatam'. In 1805 he was invited by Alexander I to paint historical murals for the admiralty in St Petersburg and from 1805-25 spent much of his time in Russia (he married a Russian princess in 1812). Porter published various writings on Russia (illustrated by prints made from his own sketches), and after later serving as British Consul in Venezuela he died and was buried in St Petersburg.
Ex: Spencers & Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 37226] £350.00