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A View Of Mount St. Thomas, Near Madras

A View Of Mount St. Thomas, Near Madras

Artist: Hunter, James (d. 1792)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1804

Shelfmark: X768/3(20)

Item number: 30020

Genre: Print

Plate twenty from 'Picturesque Scenery in the Kingdom of Mysore' by James Hunter. This aquatint is based on a picture by Hunter depicting St. Thomas' Mount, Madras (Chennai). According to local legend, St. Thomas was martyred on this mountain in 52 AD, hence its name. Close to the seashore, an impressive Basilica was built over the tomb of St. Thomas. Between the 14th and 15th centuries, the beach church fell to ruins and in 1522 the Portuguese moved the Apostle's remains to a new tomb and built a new church, which was given the status of a cathedral in 1606.

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