24 Choice Views Of Bombay – Photogravure Book 1915
Title- 24 Choice Views Of Bombay
Publishers – Thacker & Co Ltd
Year – 1915
Pages – 24 photogravure images
Dimension – 9 x 7 inch
This is an old 1915 photogravure book of 24 Choice Views of Bombay. All types of prints and publications about India were in great demand in England and Europe from the 18th century onwards. And could barely satiate the ever-hungry reader about India, especially its culture, religion, people, food, etc. India came into existence to the European eyes after the pepper trail of 1498. Until then knowledge of this country was hazy to them.
After the marriage of Catherine of Braganza to King Charles II of England, the King received the seven islands of Bombay from the Portuguese as a part of a huge dowry. The King in turn leased the group of seven islands to the British East India Company. Through sheer brilliance, the British reclaimed the islands to a single landmass to what it is now.
Probably two people were responsible for shaping the city to European standards. Gerald Aungier one of the early governors (1669-77) was responsible for its initial growth. Henry Bartle Frere the governor in 1862-67 promoted the economic development of the city. He was also responsible for dismantling Fort George where the area is now simply known as Fort in South Mumbai. Click on the photo for better view.
Also read History of Bombay under British rule.
From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph of c1894., British Flag At Lucknow Residency 1857 To 1947 – Old Photo., Charminar & Street Scene Hyderabad – Old Postcard 1905., 1808 The Baby Elephant Antique Print From Buffon