The Market Place of Trichinopoly showing officers of the Madras Light Infantry, 1800

Philip Le Couteur

The Market Place of Trichinopoly showing officers of the Madras Light Infantry, 1800
3 3 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

The Market Place of Trichinopoly showing officers of the Madras Light Infantry, 1800.

Oil on canvas by Philip Le Couteur (1777-1807), 1800.

Trichinopoly (Tiruchchirappalli, Tamil Nadu) is situated on the bank of the River Cauvery (Kaveri) about 56 miles (90km) from the sea, south-west of Madras (Chennai). At the time this picture was painted, it was the third most important post in the Madras Presidency. This was due both to its strategic location in southern India and also because it is dominated by a well-protected fort, situated on the distinctive rock which rises steeply out of the plain to a height of about 83m. The town itself is on the plain below. In the mid-eighteenth century, it was a frequent centre of conflict between French and British forces. The town also suffered attacks during the Mysore Wars of the second half of the century, when it was devastated more than once.

Image Details

Negative No.
 
12577
Accession No.
 
NAM. 1959-03-120-1

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