Colonial Bungalow In British India, 1865 Photo

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An old 1865 photo of a colonial bungalow in the British India era. The British owner of the house seems to be some sort of a high-ranking official by the look of the unusual retinue of servants standing by. He is perhaps leaving for work on his double horse cart. The image shows well-attired Indian servants. One of them saluting, two others holding the horses, and another a Britisher holding a whip.

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It is to remember that motor cars did not exist then. The sprawling bungalow looks spacious with a wide verandah. The photograph shows the verandah is on the front and on the left side. This design indicates that this is an earlier period home. In the passing of years, verandahs on both sides were discontinued. Instead by the 19th century, it essentially remained on the front and many times provided at the back. Although this was not the norm.

Read about- British Colonial Architecture

Did you know- the bungalow’s essentially composed of the verandah, drawing room, dining room, bedrooms with bath, and kitchen with work area. 

From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal On Paper (#2)., Century In Malabar Peirce Leslie & Co – Old Book.,  Antique Print-Plan Of Suratta or Surat c1720


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6 x 3.5 inches

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Unknown British Indian photographer