St. James Church

Major Robert Smith

Old Delhi


St. James, which is more often known as Skinner’s Church, was badly damaged during the Sepoy Mutiny and is only a few hundred yards from the Kashmir Gate where much of the most bitter fighting took place. Smith may have had in mind designs for Palladio’s Villa Rotunda near Vicenza or, more likely, Chiswick House in London (completed in 1729) which he would have seen.

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  • Photograph and text by Tim Willasey-Wilsey

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