Snowden, near Ootacamund. Hilly landscape with peak. February 1852
Artist: Bellasis, George Hutchins (1807-1862)
Water-colour painting of Snowden, near Udagamandalam (Ootacamund) by George Hutchins Bellasis (1807-1862) in February 1852. Inscribed on the front in ink is: '(17) 'Snowden'; (Nr Ootacamund) Feby. 52.'
This view depicts the characteristic green and 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. The hill in this view, Snowdon, is 2,529 metres (8,299 feet) tall and is situated to the north of the town.