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View of the country looking N.N.W. from the top of Ryakotta Hill.

View of the country looking N.N.W. from the top of Ryakotta Hill.

Shelfmark: Photo 951/(5)

Item number: 9515

This photograph of a view of the country as seen from top of the Ryakotta hill, was taken by Linnaeus Tripe in 1858 and published in an album entitled 'Photographic Views of Ryakotta and other places, in the Salem District...with descriptive notes, by J.A.C. Boswell, Esq., M.C.S.' (Madras, 1858). View looking across the summit towards distant hills: ''There is a magnificent view from the top of the Ryakotta Hill that will well repay the difficulty of ascent. The whole country is spread out below as a map. It is pleasing to see the large amount of cultivation with its artificial irrigation of tanks and channels, all betokening the progress of industry...Everything speaks in language that cannot be mistaken that a brighter day has already dawned on India''. Tripe was in charge of one of the battalions of the 12th Madras Native Infantry, a regiment funded in 1824 and stationed in Madras. In 1855, Tripe was commissioned to take photographs for the British East India Company and the Madras Presidency which resulted in six albums, of which one is of Ryakotta.

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