Distant view of St. Thomas's Mount near Madras. 17 January 1793
Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840), and Daniell, William (1769-1837
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing by Thomas Daniell of a distant view of St. Thomas's Mount near Madras, dated 17 January 1793. Inscribed on front in pencil: 'Sedapettah - Jany 17. 1793'; on back in ink: '52. Distt view of St Thomas' Mount near Madras.'
St Thomas's Mount, situated on the outskirts of Madras, is traditionally connected with the martyrdom of the Apostle St Thomas, who is believed to have gone to India after the Crucifiction. While praying in a cave he was wounded by the lance of a Brahmin and went up the mount where he died. The hill is crowned by a Portuguese church built in 1547 which marks the place where the saint died. Saint Thomas's Mount was a favourite place of the British who used to go there to enjoy the cool of the evenings.