Both plates were executed after sketches drawn on the Daniells' return to Madras in January 1793.
The Armenian Bridge crossing the Adyar river derives its name from an Armenian, Petrus Usean, who had it erected in 1726 "pro bono publico". St Thomas Mount, visible in the background, is linked to the legend of the apostle, who supoposedly went to India after the Crucifixion: while praying in a cave he is said to have been wounded by a Brahmin and to have then made his way to St.Thomas Mount where he died.
"The Black Town (so called from being principally the residence of the native merchants) is distant rather less than half a mile from Fort St.George". Indian bazaars were frequently located outside the British settlements in the interests of health to protect the Europeans from the "unhealthy miasmas" which were believed to be the causes of diseases such of cholera and typhoid.