Posted on: 18 April 2017

A View From The King's Barracks, Fort St. George, Madras - 1804

Plate two from '24 Views in Indostan by William Orme'. This aquatint was prepared Richard Bankes Harraden (1778-1862) after an original by Francis Swaine Ward (1736-94). Fort St. George was established by the British East India Company in 1644, and to this day, the old fort contains a mixture of seventeenth and eighteenth century structures. The buildings in the foreground of this picture are the barracks. Behind the barracks, just to the right of the Union Jack flag, St. Mary's Church is visible. This church was built between 1678 and 1680, and is the oldest building in India associated with the Anglican Church.

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Altar piece, at St.Mary's Church depiction of the Last Supper, Raphael himself painted the central figures. The altar piece was brought to Madras as part of the spoils of war by the British troops who stormed Pondicherry in 1761.

Fort St.George, 1865