Flora Fountain Mumbai Bombay – Old Print 1891
This print of Flora Fountain in Bombay or Mumbai is a page from The Building News Journal dating to June 26, 1891. It is undeniably Mumbai’s most iconically beautiful landmark. Formerly called Frere Fountain and is also titled as so in this print. Named in honor of Sir Bartle Frere, the Bombay Governor from 1862 to 1867.
But over time, the name changed to Flora Fountain- the name of a Roman Goddess of flower. The statue of Flora is on the top of the fountain. Originally intended for Victoria Gardens (Jijimata Udyan) in Byculla. See my post-Vintage Postcard Mumbai Victoria Gardens 1890. Because of a change in plan in 1869, the fountain was placed at this important intersection of several streets where it stands today.
That is the Hutatma Chowk. The Fountain was designed by R. Norman Shaw and sculpted in fine portland stone by James Forsythe. It is titled The Frere Fountain Bombay and is included with the names R Norman Shaw R.A. Architect and JAS Forsyth, Sculptor. Read more- Looking To The Future. This sepia-tone print measures 17 x 12 inches.
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., c1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal On Paper Nude (#3)., Antique Photo Bangalore Steam Engine Loco Shed 1890., 1900 Postcard Bangalore St John’s Hill Road., Antique Photo Malik-I-Maidan Canon 1880