Waterfall at Coonoor, Neilgherries.
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph was taken in the 1860s by an unknown photographer to form part of an album entitled 'Photographs of India and Overland Route.' The British established resort towns in the Nilgiri Hills during the nineteenth century where they could retreat from the harsh Indian summers. These hill stations ideally suited Victorian tastes for the romantic pastoral. This photograph would be included in the 'picturesque' genre, the definition of which included any landscape endowed with scenic charm, that is strategically framed views of rugged mountain scenery, forests, rivers, lakes and rural dwellings.