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First examination of boys by Rev. T. Hodson in Rajah's Palace / artist unknown
1 drawing : watercolour on paper ; 14.8 x 26 cm [image].
Titled in pencil on verso: First examination of boys by Rev. T. Hodson in Rajah's Palace.
Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society
The Reverend Thomas Hodson was born in North Scarle, Lincolnshire in 1804. In 1829 he was accepted as a candidate for the Wesleyan ministry and was appointed to India where he served at Calcutta (1829-33), Bangalore (1833-36), the Mysore district (1836), Goobbe (1837) and Mysore from 1838 to 1843 when ill-health forced his return to England. Hodson returned to India in 1853 serving as chairman and superintendent of the Mysore District until March 1878, when he left for England where he died on 9 September 1882. [ref: William Moister 'Missionary Worthies',T Woolmer, London, 1885]
While in Mysore Hodson managed the Rajah of Mysore's Free School which opened in October 1840. An examination of the pupils was held at the Rajah's palace on 7 October 1841, as reported in the Missionary Register for 1842: "About 12 o'clock, the First Class was called into a most magnificent room, where the Rajah and several European officers were seated. The boys commenced by reading the Testament in English...."
The Methodist Church, Overseas Division (Methodist Missionary Society); Christie's (London) Topographical Pictures 16 July 1993, lot 206; Caroline Simpson Collection, Clyde Bank, The Rocks, Sydney, 1996-2004.
Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection ; L2007/212-4
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[Courtyard in front of the entrance to the Rajah of Mysore's Palace, October 1841] / artist unknown