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St James's Church

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June 30, 1836
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Religion and Festival
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Akbar Shah II 1806–1837

St James's Church

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Fig. 103: ST JAMES'S CHURCH, by a Delhi artist, 1836-40. St James's Church was commissioned by Colonel James Skinner (1778-1841), famous for the cavalry regiment Skinner's Horse. While lying wounded on the field of battle he made a vow that if he survived he would build a church in thanks for his life being saved. The church was eventually started in 1826 and completed ten years later. It is in the form of a Greek cross surmounted by a dome with porticos closing off three of the arms of the crOSs and the chancel forming the fourth. The drawing is normally attributed to Ghulam Ali Khan, who had worked for Skinner in the 1820s, but it cannot be said that it really resembles his carlier work. Watercolour, National Army Museum, London, 1956-02-27-5.

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