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Bamboo bazaar on the Hooghly [Calcutta]

Bamboo bazaar on the Hooghly [Calcutta]

Photographer: Fiebig, Frederick

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1851

Shelfmark: Photo 247/1(39)

Item number: 247139

Genre: Photograph

A hand-coloured print of a bamboo bazaar on the Hooghly, Calcutta, from the Fiebig Collection: Views of Calcutta and Surrounding Districts, taken by Frederick Fiebig in 1851. 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, a distributary of the River Ganges. Hooghly is the most westerly and commercially the most important arm of the Ganges river, it provides access to Calcutta from the Bay of Bengal. This is a view of merchants selling bamboo on the banks of the River Hooghly. Bamboo had many uses, including furniture and basket-making.

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