Chowringhee Road. Jaun Bazaar
Artist: Wood, William (fl. 1827-1833)
This lithograph is taken from plate 8 of William Wood's 'Views of Calcutta'.
Jaun Bazaar Street (now Corporation Street) was the first sidestreet of Chowringhee Road in Calcutta. At the time Wood was making his views, the rapidly expanding city was filling up with classical perspectives. Residential areas like Chowringhee and the Esplanade acquired boundary walls, screens and gates to match the imposing new buildings, many of which were consciously based on classical styles - as if to bring the effects of Western civilisation into the alien Indian environment. The styles were adapted from their European models to provide greater shade and good circulation of air.
On the corner of Jaun Bazaar Street was a complex of buildings housing the Secret and Political Department, dealing with relations with the Indian and other foreign states in the region.