'The Church at Coonoor, March 1855'
Artist: D'Oyly, Sir Charles Walters (1822-1900)
Water-colour painting of the church at Coonoor (Tamil Nadu) by Sir Charles Walters D'Oyly (1822-1900) in 1855, made while D'Oyly was Assistant, Stud Dept, Madras.
Coonoor sits at an altitude of 6,000 feet in the Nilgiri Hills in the south of India. It occupies a picturesque position on the side of the Jakatala Valley at the mouth of a gorge and is surrounded by wooded hills. The town developed after its sister hill station, Ootacamund (Udagamandalam), became the summer headquarters of the government of Madras in 1861. Coonoor became a popular resort for European people escaping the heat of the Indian plains, but was regarded as a bit more relaxed than Ootacamund, which had a significant official presence. It was also considered to have a healthy atmosphere and became a popular sanatorium and retreat for invalids. All Saints church at Coonoor was built in 1851.