Woodland scene, Ootacamund. An English family walking on a winding path
Artist: Bellasis, George Hutchins (1807-1862)
Water-colour showing a woodland scene near Ootacamund by George Hutchins Bellasis (1807-1862) in 1851. The view shows an English family walking on a winding path. Inscribed on front in ink is: '(5) Our walk in the wood. 1851.'
Udagamandalam, or Ootacamund and popularly known as ‘Ooty’, was the summer headquarters of the government of Madras from 1861 onwards. The town was sited around an artificial lake in the Nilgiri Hills at a height of 2,267 metres (7,440 feet). It became a popular resort for European people escaping the heat of summer in India. Many typically English houses were built, approached by narrow lanes bordered by imported English shrubs and flowers. It was also regarded as having a healthy atmosphere and became a popular sanatorium and retreat for invalids.