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Stone Carvings of Victoria Terminus Mumbai – Old Print 1886
A rare print of the Stone Carvings of Victoria Terminus, Bombay, or Mumbai. This is a 13 x 8 inch page from a British architectural journal dating to Oct 23, 1886. It shows samples of the ornamental carvings that were incorporated in the Victoria Terminus (VT) or the Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus (CST) building at Mumbai.
The Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus is a UNESCO heritage building designed by F. W. Stevens. That took ten long years to complete from 1878 to 1888. But it definitely seems worth the wait. The CST is undoubtedly today one of the most beautiful and iconic landmarks of Mumbai or the whole of India.
The carvings in this picture are identifiable with that on the VT’s building check the links- 3rd image., 4th image., 5th image., 6th., and, 1st and 7th. It is interesting to note that this page from 1886 predates the Victoria station’s opening of 1888 by two years. Perhaps making it one of the earliest possible pictures of a part of the station which was still under construction at the time.
Did you know- it is astonishing that the complete ornamentations and sculptures were drawn by F. W. Stevens’ own hands.
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