'Tippoo Saib's Two Sons deliver'd up to Lord Cornwallis' (includes Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis; Tipu, Sultan of Mysore; Sultan Mu'izz Ud-Din; Sultan Abdul Khaliq and four other unidentified figures)

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'Tippoo Saib's Two Sons deliver'd up to Lord Cornwallis' (includes Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis; Tipu, Sultan of Mysore; Sultan Mu'izz Ud-Din; Sultan Abdul Khaliq and four other unidentified figures)

by Robert Laurie
mezzotint, published 1792
14 in. x 10 3/8 in. (357 mm x 262 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1913
Reference Collection
NPG D20141

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