'Interior view of St James's Church, Delhi', 1836 (c)

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'Interior view of St James's Church, Delhi', 1836 (c)
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

'Interior view of St James's Church, Delhi', 1836 (c).

Watercolour on European paper, by a Company artist, Delhi, 1836 (c).

After being wounded on campaign James Skinner (1778-1841) vowed that if he survived he would build a church as an offering of thanks to God. He did this at a cost of £20,000 and it was consecrated in 1836. In the foreground the tomb of Skinner's close friend William Fraser (1784-1835) can be seen. Fraser was an administrator in the Company's service and a major in Skinner's regiment. He was also an artist and a collector of Company paintings. Fraser was assassinated in 1835 and later Skinner had his friend's remains moved to the newly-built church.

Within the church it is possible to see the criss-cross of ropes linked to a large cloth punkah (a fan). This was used to keep the congregation cool during services.

Image Details

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NAM. 1956-02-27-4

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