This drawing is a preparatory study for one of a group of views at Seringapatam executed by Turner about 1801; his finished watercolour has recently come to light,1 titled ‘Cullaly Deedy, water–gate in the Outer–rampart of SERINGAPATAM, where Tippoo Sultan resided during the Siege’. See the entry for The Seige of Seringapatam (Tate T04160).
The composition corresponds closely to a watercolour in the India Office collection at the British Library, London, by an anonymous artist, perhaps Thomas Sydenham (1780–1816), titled ‘Gateway where Tippoo resided during the Siege of Seringapatam’.
See Wilton 2013, pp.15–16, reproduced in colour; Piggott 2015, p.33.
The sheet is torn and rubbed.