Hilly landscape near Ootacamund with winding roads and bungalows. January 1852
Artist: Bellasis, George Hutchins (1807-1862)
Water-colour of a hilly landscape with winding roads and bungalows at Udagamandalam painted by George Hutchins Bellasis (1807-1862) in January 1852. Inscribed on the front in ink is: '(12) Nr Ootacamund. Towards the Top of the 'Kaitee Pass'. Jany 52.'
This view depicts the characteristic green, rolling downs of the Nilgiri Hills in the south of India. The scenery is reminiscent of much of Europe and Udagamandalam became a popular resort for European people escaping the heat of the Indian plains in the 19th century. Udagamandalam became the summer headquarters of the government of Madras from 1861 onwards. Many typically English houses were built, approached by narrow lanes which were 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.