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'The Castlets', Madras. Two neo-gothic castellated houses with a third house in the centre background. A palanquin stands at the door of the left-hand house, and in the centre are figures at a well

'The Castlets', Madras. Two neo-gothic castellated houses with a third house in the centre background. A palanquin stands at the door of the left-hand house, and in the centre are figures at a well

Artist: Gantz, John (1772-1853)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1822

Shelfmark: WD2774

Item number: 2774

Length: 30.5

Width: 48.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Water-colour painting of 'The Castlets' at Madras, Tamil Nadu by John Gantz(1772-1853) c.1822. Inscribed on the original mount in ink is: 'The Castlets, Madras.'

The house was built by James Brodie, an East India Company servant who was granted 11 acres of land on Quibble Island in the estuary of the Adyar River at Madras. ‘Brodie Castle’ is an imposing white structure flanked by twin castellated turrets set on either side of the main house. Brodie drowned in the Adyar River in 1802.

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