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The Suspension Bridge at Alipore, over Tolly's Nulla

The Suspension Bridge at Alipore, over Tolly's Nulla

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

Medium: Lithograph, coloured

Date: 1848

Shelfmark: X666(19)

Item number: Plate 19

Length: 28

Width: 19

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This coloured lithograph is taken from plate 19 of Sir Charles D'Oyly's 'Views of Calcutta and its Environs'.

Colonel William Tolly wanted to create a functioning canal in the city by enlarging the dried-up bed of the Kidderpore Creek, to facilitate the passage of ships from the river Hooghly to the delta in the east. Completed in 1777, the 17-mile long canal was popularly known as Tolly's Nulla (nullah meaning creek-bed).

D'Oyly's conspicuously Romantic treatment of the bridge is very different from the down-to-earth treatment of the same subject by William Wood. A budgerow (a native barge carrying passengers) is seen passing under the bridge and the high platform in the far distance is a watch-post for fire.

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