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Bathing Ghat, Calcutta.

Bathing Ghat, Calcutta.

Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 15/1(86)

Item number: 86

Length: 18.8

Width: 28.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View showing people bathing and collecting water from the Hooghly River at Calcutta, West Bengal, from the Elgin Collection: 'Spring Tours 1894-98', taken by Bourne and Shepherd in the 1890s. The ghats are used as landing places for boats and for people to perform their ritual ablutions. The Hooghly is the most westerly and commercially important arm of the Ganges river. Calcutta is a city and port in eastern India and the capital of West Bengal. It was founded in 1690 by the British East India Company on the banks of the Hooghly River. The port provided access from the sea to the hinterland of Bengal, India’s richest province. In little more than half a century the original trading port grew into a considerable city, clustered round the Company’s fort.

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