Lipoo Tree. Litzhur house at a distance. Barrackpore Park
Lithographer: Prinsep, William (1794-1874)
Lithograph of a house and tree in Barrackpore Park at Barakpur in West Bengal by William Prinsep (1794-1874) dated 1827. Barakpur had been a military cantonment originally, but was changed to a park and proposed country residence for Governors-General by Marquis Wellesley as part of his improvement schemes for Calcutta and its surrounding areas. He also included a theatre, an aviary and menagerie within the extensive grounds, which were laid out in the 'English Style'.
William Prinsep, who worked for the Calcutta firm of Palmer & Co., came from a family who served in India for several generations. After the collapse of the company he worked as an indigo broker, was on the board of the Assam Company and was credited with the establishment of the Indian Tea industry as well as the Bengal Coal Company. He inherited the Bengal Salt Company on the death of his brother George.