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This aquatint is from Picturesque Scenery in the Kingdom of Mysore by James Hunter and 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. (adapted from the British Library catalogue entry online gallery). 


A View of Mount St. Thomas, near Madras, Lieutenant James Hunter (painter)

SKU: 1281
  • Image Number: 1281
    Title: A View of Mount St Thomas, near Madras

    Date: 1804
    Artist: Lieutenant James Hunter (painter)

    Engraver: Aquatint

    Publisher: Sold & Published June 4, 1804 by Edward Orme His Majesty’s Printseller, 59 New Bond Street, LondonMedium: 

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