ipu established at Bangalore
a foundry for brass cannon, an arsenal and powder magazines. At
Seringapatam, Major Alexander Beatson
recorded 11 powder magazines; 72 expence magazines and 2 foundries
for cannon. A contemporary writer noted
that 'in the Sultaun's own foundry (where) a degree of perfection
has been attained in every stage of the process, truly astonishing
to those of our officers who visited the different workshops.'
After the Fall of Seringapatam in 1799, a
formidable arsenal of ordnance was recorded on the island: 929 pieces
in the fort, of which 287 were mounted on it. A number of these were
European pieces, but 202 of the 373 brass guns; 10 of the 11 howitzers
and 6 of the 466 iron guns were identified as the products of Tipu's
workshops. A captured tiger cannon, supporting Lieutenant Farquhar,
is clearly visible in the left foreground of Ker
Porter's panoramic oil painting, 'The Storming of Seringapatam.'