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A View taken in the Commandant's Garden

A View taken in the Commandant's Garden

Artist: Barron, Richard (c.1798-1838)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1837

Shelfmark: X664(3)

Item number: 3

Length: 39.4

Width: 52.85

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This is plate 3 from Richard Barron's 'Views in India, chiefly among the Neelgherry Hills'. In 1828, Ootacamund was declared a "military bazaar station", or "cantonment", and two years later a military commandant was appointed to administer the settlement. Barron describes the situation of the commandant's cottage: "The view from this cottage, or rather the Garden, is extremely beautiful; the Cottage is quite English, and the hospitality of its owner proverbial. From the garden are produced as fine vegetables and flowers, with as great a variety, as can possibly be seen in any part of the world. Its occupier (Colonel Crewe, since dead) took great pains in rearing the European cattle, and the perfection of the joints brought to the table would make the most fastidious delight, proving the climate possesses every requisite for both man and beast, though situated in the burning clime of India."

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