A PICTORIAL VISIT TO INDIA in 1880

In 1880 Emily Caroline Farr née Cobbold (1819-1903) (#157 on the family tree), who had already been a widow some 13 years set off for India to visit her daughter, Fanny Emily who had married Rev, Frank Penny just 3 years earlier.  By the time she went to India the youngest of Emily Caroline’s 8 children was already 18 years old.

Frank Penny was Garrison Chaplain and later Senior Chaplain of Fort St. George and the author of The Church in Madras: Being the History of the Ecclesiastical and Missionary Action of the East India Company.  Fanny Emily and Frank had gone to Madras very shortly after they were married and their first child Penrice was born two years before Granny’s arrival.  It seems that their second child, Maurice born in 1879 died either while Granny was there or very shortly after she departed.

Rather than a camera, Emily Caroline chose a paint brush to record her visit.  Her 73 original watercolour illustrations were placed into an album and given to Penrice in 1894.  The album was bought at auction in 2009 by V Narayan Swami a collector in India.  Having discovered the Trust’s website Mr Swami agreed to pass the album to the Trust on very favourable terms.  His generous recognition that the Trust was the right final resting place for this precious album is an act for which we are truly grateful.

A selection of 12 of the 73 images is shown below.

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