Chinese Winged Cannon Raj Bhavan Calcutta, 1910 Photo
Old 1910 photograph of the Chinese Winged Cannon at Raj Bhavan, Kolkata. Not many people may know that there is a beautiful winged Cannon placed at the bottom of the stairs of the Raj Bhavan. It is said to have been collected as a battle trophy by the British from Nanking (Nanjing), China. The British installed it at Calcutta’s Government House, now Raj Bhavan in 1842.
See the image of the fire-breathing winged dragon on wheels with a cannon placed on it. Also visible in the photo is a partial view of the Government House. The British had fixed a plaque in front of the cannon which says- “Edward Lord Ellen borough, Governor-General of India in Council, erected this trophy of guns. Taken from the Chinese, in commemoration of the peace dictated under the walls of Nanking. By the Naval and Military forces of England and India. (1842).” Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know- that Kolkata was the capital of British India until 1912.
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