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).”
Did you know- that Kolkata was the capital of British India until 1912.
The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, stock photos, or taken from other sources.