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St. Andrew's Church, Madras

St. Andrew's Church, Madras

Artist: Gantz, John (1772-1853)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1821

Shelfmark: WD2773

Item number: 2773

Length: 38.1

Width: 51.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Water-colour drawing of St. Andrew's Church at Chennai (Madras) by John Gantz (1772-1853), c.1821. A lithograph, lettered 'J. Gantz pinxt', was made from this or from a similar drawing by 'Maxwell Esq.' for T.F. de Havilland, 'An Account of Saint Andrew's Church, Madras' (n.d., but from internal evidence post-1825), frontis-piece. The church had been built by de Havilland between 1818 and 1821. He retired in 1825 and it would seem probable that he took John Gantz's painting with him to illustrate his projected book. A coloured engraving from the drawing was later made by Julius Walter Gantz (1816-?), second son of John Gantz. It is lettered: 'St.' 'Andrew's Church, Egmore, Madras. Drawn and engraved by J.W. Gantz.Vepery. 1841'. Two further lithographs based on drawings by John Gantz appear as plates in de Havilland's book: (1) at page 20, 'View of the interior of St. Andrew's Church', lettered 'J. Gantz pinxt', (2) at page 22, 'View of St. Andrew's Bridge Madras', lettered 'J. Gantz pinx'. The original drawing for this latter lithograph, signed and dated 'John Gantz 1821', is reproduced by I. Gantz, ibid, 56. Foster Catalogue, no.534, where it is ascribed, with WD2774, to John Gantz.

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