C1778

A Map of the Country Extending Ten Miles to the West, and Eighteen to the East of Tritchinapoly. [Trichinopoly]

Mapmaker:

Sir John Call (1732 - 1801)

Original edition of this scarce and detailed plan of Tritchinapoly, now known as Tiruchirappalli The city was fought over by the British and Muhammed Ali Khan Wallajah. The siege of Tiruchirappalli (1751–1752) took place during the Second Carnatic War between … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Map of the Country Extending Ten Miles to the West, and Eighteen to the East of Tritchinapoly. [Trichinopoly]

Date:

C1778

Mapmaker:

Sir John Call (1732 - 1801)

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

480mm 
x 242mm

Paper Size: 

522mm 
x 270mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Map of the Country Extending Ten Miles to the West, and Eighteen to the East of Tritchinapoly. [Trichinopoly] - Antique Map from 1778

Genuine antique
dated:

1778

Description:

Original edition of this scarce and detailed plan of Tritchinapoly, now known as Tiruchirappalli

The city was fought over by the British and Muhammed Ali Khan Wallajah. The siege of Tiruchirappalli (1751–1752) took place during the Second Carnatic War between the British East India Company and Muhammed Ali Khan Wallajah on one side, and Chanda Sahib and the French East India Company on the other. The British were victorious and Wallajah was restored to the throne. During his reign he proposed renaming the city Natharnagar after the Sufi saint Nathar Vali, who is thought to have lived there in the 12th century AD.  Tiruchirappalli was invaded by Nanjaraja Wodeyar in 1753 and Hyder Ali of the Mysore kingdom in 1780, both attacks repulsed by the troops of the British East India Company. A third invasion attempt, by Tipu Sultan—son of Hyder Ali—in 1793, was also unsuccessful; he was pursued by British forces led by William Medows, who thwarted the attack.

Collections:
National Library Australia:  Bib ID4729085

Mapmaker:

Sir John Call (1732–1801)
Call was first baronet, of Whiteford, Cornwall and an military engineer in India.
When about seventeen he was recommended to the notice of Benjamin Robins, the celebrated mathematician, who at that time received the appointment of chief-engineer and captain-general of artillery in the East India Company’s settlements. Robins left England in 1749, and arrived at Fort William in July 1750, bringing with him eight young writers, one of whom was Call, who acted as his secretary. Robins having died in July 1751, and war having commenced with the powers on the coast of Coromandel, Call, who was appointed a writer on the Madras establishment that year, was employed in the capacity of engineer to carry on the erection of the defensive works at Fort St. David. In the beginning of 1752 he accompanied Captain (afterwards Lord) Clive on an expedition against the French, who had possessed themselves of the province of Arcot, and were plundering up to the very gates of Madras. After the great successes achieved by Clive, the army marched back to Fort St. David, where Call received the appointment of engineer-in-chief before he had attained his twentieth year. He retained that situation until 1757, when he was appointed chief-engineer at Madras, and soon after of all the Coromandel coast.
During the greater part of the war against Hyder Ali in 1767–8 Call was with the army in the Mysore. In 1768 he was appointed a member of the governor’s council, and soon after was advanced by the East India Company, in recognition of his general services, from the fourth to the third seat in council. He was strongly recommended by Clive to succeed to the government of Madras on the first opportunity, but having received news of his father’s death, he determined to return home, although strongly urged by Clive to remain. 

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