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'The Church at Coonoor, March 1855'

'The Church at Coonoor, March 1855'

Artist: D'Oyly, Sir Charles Walters (1822-1900)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: WD3750

Item number: 3750

Length: 24.3

Width: 34.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

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.

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