he surveyor's volume is an impressively detailed, official
source of military reference, with routes, panoramic landscapes
and critical comments. This view of Seringapatam made on
14 February 1792 includes the garden of Tipu's
summer palace (Dowlet Baug), Tipu's Palace and the comment(top
left) 'the Bank of the River is high and the direction is
such that it is absolutely a secure approach to the North
East angle. This circumstance is doubtless favourable to
an attack upon this point'.
Many of Beatson's sketches are diagrams, rather than topographical
studies, and all are meticulously inscribed with titles, and often
signed and dated also. The volume covers the period November 1790 to
February 1792, ind includes views of 'Nandedurgum' (Nandidrug),
'Sawindroog' (Savendroog) and Seringapatam.