The Chitpore Road, Calcutta
Artist: Simpson, William (1823-1899)
This chromolithograph is taken from plate 3 of William Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. This is a a Bazaar or line of native shops along the Chitpore Road in Calcutta, leading northwards to Cossipore, Dum Dum and Barrackpore. Many different nationalities plied their trades in this Bazaar and on hot nights many also slept in the streets. There were no pavements, and the main modes of transport in this street were the bullock cart and the palanquin. Simpson wrote: "In this bazaar, hundreds of Englishmen have had their first conceptions of Eastern life realised, or more properly falsified, face to face with the living facts."