View Of Bombay Fort & Harbour – Old Print 1840
This beautiful steel engraved print of Bombay Fort and Harbour of 1840. Measures 10 x 6.5 inches. Published by James S. Virtue and engraved by Arthur Willmore. The view is from Mazgaon. Bombay or Mumbai, was a group of seven islands before uniting it into a single landmass by reclamation. Mazgaon was one of the seven islands.
See the palms trees, people, and homes in the foreground of the engraving a sight not seen today. A person not well versed with Mumbai would wonder why one of the areas is named Fort. When there’s no sign of it or its ramparts anywhere nearby. But there indeed was a large fort that was demolished in 1862 to make way for more space.
Although the name stuck to this day. The fort was built by the British East India Company after taking possession of the seven islands from the Portuguese in 1668. It had three entrances- Apollo Gate (next to Lion Gate), Church Gate (where Flora Fountain stands today), and Bazaar Gate (across the GPO). See my post- Antique Steel Engraved Print View Of Bombay. Also, see old views of Mumbai- columbia.edu.
Did you know- Mumbai’s “Sanjay Gandhi National Park” covering an area of 104 sq. km is the world’s largest national park within city limits.
From the collection- Antique Taj Mahal Palace Hotel 1907 Advertisement., Vintage Book 1877 – Illustrated India: Its Princes And People., Vintage Print Madras of Buckingham Canal 1922., Antique Photo Malik-I-Maidan Canon 1880., Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph of c1894
The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.