Government House Calcutta – Old Photo 1890

This is an old 1890 photo of the Government House Calcutta or Kolkata. A magnificent building which we know as the Raj Bhavan today. Charles Wyatt, an architect designed the building in Calcutta, now Kolkata. It became the official residence of the Viceroy of British India by 1803. In 1911, King George V announced Delhi as the new capital, work commenced on building the new capital.

By 1931 Delhi was all set and ready to become the official capital. The new capital included the huge Viceroy’s residence or the Rashtrapati Bhavan. By this time the Government House lost its importance, converting it to the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal’s residence. Later renaming it Raj Bhavan after India’s independence in 1947.

Today this building is an imposing British-era landmark with huge acres of well-maintained grounds. Read more- The Raj Bhavan (Government House), Kolkata, India. See my post- Antique Photo Calcutta Old Courthouse Street 1880. Tramway was first introduced in c1873 using horse-drawn Trams. The first service was between Sealdah and Armenian Ghat Street. Replaced by electrically operated trams by 1902 they discontinued the horse-drawn tram. The electrical tram still runs today and is iconic to the city.

See from this 1890 photo of Government House Calcutta with an enlarged view of people and carriages (tongas) apparently waiting for potential customers.

Did you know- among the British India cities of the 19th century Kolkatta was the richest, largest, and most elegant of them all. 

From the collection- Vintage Postcard Railway Station & Steam Locomotive, Belgaum.,   Postcard Cubbon Park Bangalore.,   Print Abu’s Tomb Meerut.,   c1898 Print Indian Soldiers In The British Raj 

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


Photo Details

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Photograph Size -

9½x7 inch

Photographer -

Francis Frith or Samuel Boone