Flora Fountain Mumbai Bombay – Old Print 1891
Old print of Flora Fountain of Bombay, now Mumbai. This page is from the British Journal The Building News of June 26, 1891. Flora Fountain is one of Mumbai’s iconically beautiful landmarks. Completed in 1864 it was initially called Frere Fountain (also mentioned in this print). In honor of Sir Bartle Frere, the dynamic Governor of Bombay from 1862 to 1867.
But in time for some reason, the name changed to Flora Fountain after the Roman Goddess of flower. The statue of Flora is on the top of the fountain. The statue was originally intended to be placed at Victoria Gardens (Jijimata Udyan) in Byculla. But because of a change in plan in 1869, it was placed at this important intersection of several streets where it stands today.
The intersection was renamed Hutatma Chowk in the 1960s. The Flora Fountain was planned and designed by Richard Norman Shaw and sculpted in fine portland stone by James Forsythe. This print is titled The Frere Fountain Bombay, it also includes the names of the architect Richard Norman Shaw., and sculptor JAS Forsyth. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know- one of the three main gates of the Fort- Church Gate-once stood on this site.
From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph of c1894., British Era Steam Locomotive Bangalore-Old Photo., St John’s Hill Road Bangalore – Old Photo 1900., Fort Cochin – Antique Map Plan 1761