View of St Andrew's church, from Mission Row
Artist: Fraser, James Baillie
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
This is plate 13 from James Baillie Fraser's 'Views of Calcutta and its Environs'. Fraser (1783-1856) arrived in Calcutta in 1814 and in six years produced animated sketches of the busy city, published later as a collection of 24 superbly aquatinted plates. He included in his collection five views of Tank Square, of which two provide us with views of St Andrew's church.
The view represented here was taken from the "junction of Mission Row with the Lall Bazaar showing the east facade of the Church and the other Doric portico at the north entrance ... we may note the Oriental Library on the left corner of Fraser's view and St. Andrew's Library opposite." These were bookshops rather than libraries.