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Calcutta. Chowringhee Road

Calcutta. Chowringhee Road

Photographer: Johnston and Hoffmann

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 406/2(24)

Item number: 406224

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Chowringhee Road in Calcutta, from an album of 62 views of India and Ceylon. The print is unsigned but probably by Johnston & Hoffmann.

Now named Jawaharlal Nehru Road, the road was the main north-south artery through the city, leading to Chitpore in the north and Chowringhee, a village and later suburb of Calcutta, in the south, and ran two miles along the east side of the Maidan or large green space in the heart of Calcutta. From the 1770s onward the Chowringhee area became the main European residential part of the city. This is a view looking south along Chowringhee Road from the tram depot at the northern end.

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