Panoramic View of 19th Century Calcutta, 1880 Photo

19th century calcutta


An old 1880 photo with a panoramic view of a beautiful 19th-century Calcutta (Kolkata). The view is probably from the Calcutta High Court or the Ochterlony Monument. The Esplanade ground is pegged with military tents, the domed Government House can be seen on the left. Recognizable a little obscurely is the steeple of St Paul’s Cathedral.

The River Hooghly and Fort William lie in the foreground (not visible here). The image also depicts other prominent buildings that resemble vaguely the GPO, Writer’s building, etc. The British East India Company established Fort William on the shores of the famous River Hooghly in 1696. Calcutta was the capital of British India until 1911. King George announced the shift of capital from Calcutta to Delhi at the Imperial Durbar of 1911.

Did you know – the first factory was established in Surat in 1620 and later in Agra, and agents were further sent from these places to the eastern provinces to examine the possibility of opening factories there. 

Past posts – 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#7)., British Era Military Prison – Old Postcard 1890., Early Aviation, First Flight From England To India, 1918 Print., Motor Cars In Colonial Era Kolkata’s Cityscape.

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11 x 8 inch

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