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Banyan tree, Calcutta.

Banyan tree, Calcutta.

Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 15/1(92)

Item number: 92

Length: 18.5

Width: 28

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Great Banyan Tree in the Botanical Gardens, Calcutta, from the Elgin Collection: 'Spring Tours 1894-98', taken by Bourne and Shepherd in the 1890s. The Botanical Gardens, on the west bank of the river Hooghly, were set up by the East India Company in 1786, through the efforts of Colonel Robert Kyd, its first Superintendent. The garden claims to have the largest Banyan tree in the world, which covers an area of 381 m in circumference.

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