Banian tree in Barrackpore Park.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a Banyan tree in Barrackpore park, taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. Barrackpore, 24 km to the north of Calcutta on the river Hooghly, was originally permanent barracks for the British army and later became the summer residence of the British Governor Generals. Marquess Wellesley was British Governor-General in Calcutta from 1797 to 1805, and made many improvements to Barrackpore. He had the gardens of Barrackpore Park laid out in the 'English Style' and the extensive grounds contained a theatre, an aviary and a menagerie.