N.E. view of Bentinck's Buildings, the Beach, Madras 2453
Artist: Gantz, John (1772-1853)
Water-colour drawing of Bentinck's Buildings and the Beach at Chennai (Madras) by John Gantz (1772-1853) in 1824. Inscribed on the front in ink is: 'John Gantz. 1824.' John Gantz, probably of Austrian extraction, was employed as a draftsman and surveyor by the East India Company from about 1800 to 1803, eventually receiving a government pension.
Chennai, situated on the Bay of Bengal in the north-east corner of Tamil Nadu, was founded in 1639 and was the first important settlement of the East India Company in India. Bentinck's Buildings were erected as mercantile offices during the administration of Lord William Bentinck, Governor of Madras from 1803 to 1807.