Tipu’s Dream

Made in response to Hettie Judah’s article titled Reframing History, Tipu’s Dream is an ode to Tipu Sultan’s (1750-1799) vivid dreams that he meticulously documented—often imaging himself as a tiger. In the article, Hettie unpacks what it might mean to decolonise UK’s museums, while I look through the V&A’s archive and pull out some of the objects associated with Tipu Sultan in their collections—objects that were forcibly taken away as loot by British soldiers that defeated him in 1799.

Digital illustration 210mm x 297mm, commissioned by House & Garden, November 2020