Chinese Winged Cannon Raj Bhavan Kolkata, Photo 1910

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 staircase of the Raj Bhavan. It is said to have been collected as a battle trophy by the British from Nanking (Nanjing), China. The British in 1842 installed it before Calcutta’s Government House, now Raj Bhavan. See the image of the cannon placed on a fire spewing winged Chinese dragon. The dragon cannon is attached with four iron wheels.

Also visible in the photo is a part of the Government House. There is a plaque on the cannon that reads- “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).”

Read more about it Raj Bhavan, Calcutta. See my older posts Government House Calcutta – Old Photo 1890., and Giant British Era Canon – Old Photo 1880.

Did you know- that Kolkata was the capital of British India until 1912. 

From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#15).,  Fort At Coylan – Antique Hand Colored Map / Plan 1668.,  Rioting In Southern India – Old print 1921

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, stock photos, or taken from other sources.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Details

Year -

1910

Photograph Size -

10 x 8 inch

Photographer -

unknown