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St. Paul's cathedral, Calcutta

St. Paul's cathedral, Calcutta

Artist: D'Oyly, Sir Charles (1781-1845)

Medium: Lithograph, coloured

Date: 1848

Shelfmark: X666(15)

Item number: Plate 15

Length: 54

Width: 34

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This coloured lithograph is taken from plate 15 of Sir Charles D'Oyly's 'Views of Calcutta and its Environs'. D'Oyly left Calcutta in 1838 and this never saw St Paul's cathedral, which began construction in the following year. Perhaps he saw the architect's designs, or a lithograph after William Clerihew published in 1845, which this image is said to closely resemble.

Situated on the south-east corner of the Maidan, the large green space at Calcutta's heart, the cathedral was designed in the Gothic style by Major William Forbes of the Bengal Engineers, who also designed the Calcutta Mint. It was consecrated in 1847. The spire was modelled on that of Norwich cathedral, but collapsed in an earthquake in 1897. The tower was then rebuilt to resemble that of Canterbury.

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