The State Entry into Delhi offers one perspective on the state of British imperial rule in recording for posterity an event which celebrated British rule. There was support in Britain and abroad for the empire but also many other views. The objects below represent the diversity of responses for and against the empire and the different kinds of objects which represent the imperial encounter.
In the late 18th century, Tipu Sultan resisted the forces of the British East India Company many times but was finally and dramatically defeated at the Battle of Seringapatam. Objects from his personal collection were highly prized by the British.