View from Belmont 00007
Artist: Wales, James (1747-1795)
Medium: Etching, coloured
This is plate 7 from James Wales' 'Bombay Views'. The series was painted for Sir Charles Malet (1752-1815), the British Resident of Poona, who Wales met in Bombay in 1791. The view shows "Belmont toward the beach of the Harbour, including part of the village of Mazagon, the island of Carranjar, Elephanta and Butcher, bounded by the hills". Mazagaon was an outlying suburb of Bombay and a fashionable place to live in the late 18th century. Moving out of the crowded fort area, the British - and more affluent Indians such as the Wadias - built bungalows and plantation houses here .