Fort St George Madras In 1872 – Earliest Photo Rare

This 1872 photograph is one of the earliest and rarest of Fort St George of Madras, now Chennai. Although faded by age it has an interesting view of what looks like the portions of the bastions, moat, spire of St Mary’s Church, and so on. The foreground shows several tents in white. Also vaguely visible is the flag mast that was earlier made out of teakwood but replaced with steel one years later.

The flag mast was replaced many times because of the vagaries of the weather. And also because of the hits by cannonballs fired by belligerent French ships in the 1700s. The last time it was replaced was in the 1990s. It was the first English (British) fortress built in India in 1653. Click on the photo for better view

Read more Madras History. See my posts Fort St George – Old Photo 1890., and Fort St George & Madras Town – Antique Hand Colored Map.

Did you know- the flag mast is 150 feet tall, one of the tallest in the country and it is as iconic a landmark of Chennai as the fort itself. 

From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph of c1894., Princely State of Cochin And Harbour – Old Map 1833., Prongs Lighthouse Bombay – Old Postcard With FDC 1900

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

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10.75 x 8 inches

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British army photographer