a fine wash sketch of the of the topography of the Fortress, titled but unsigned 8½ x 11 ins. mounted,
Robert Ker Porter (1777–1842) was a Diplomat, Traveller and Painter.
He was one of the earlier to paint Panoramas. This is a preliminary sketch for his epic oil panorama of the Siege of Seringapatam after it was dramatically taken by the British in 1799. In 1800 he was working as a scene-painter at the Lyceum Theatre, and in the same year caused a sensation when his Storming of Seringapatam, a panorama 120 feet (37 m) feet long, carried round three-quarters of a circle, was exhibited at the Lyceum. It was painted, according to his sister Jane, in six weeks.
Purchased from Abbott & Holder in 2000, with their notes on mount "Exhibited Hartnoll and Eyre 1970".
Stock ref: 12410