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Calcutta. Gateway of Govt House

Calcutta. Gateway of Govt House

Photographer: Mallitte, Oscar Jean Baptiste

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 394/(63)

Item number: 39463

Genre: Photograph

This photograph was taken in 1865 by Oscar Mallitte to form part of an album entitled 'Photographs of India and Overland Route'. Government House was a palatial residence for the Governors-General of Calcutta, commissioned by Marquess Wellesley in 1798. The architect, Captain Charles Wyatt, based the building on designs for Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, with specific changes to combat the heat of Calcutta by allowing greater movemet of air through the building. There were also four ceremonial gateways, two of which crossed Esplanade Row; their design was based on Adam's archways at Syon House in Middlesex.

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