Establishment of an English gentleman, Calcutta
Photographer: Fiebig, Frederick
Medium: Photographic print
A hand-coloured print of an Englishman's residence, Calcutta, from the Fiebig Collection: Views of Calcutta and Surrounding Districts, taken by Frederick Fiebig in 1851. This is a View taken in the grounds of an English gentleman's residence, with his staff in the foreground. By the end of the 18th Century Calcutta was a flourishing city with beautiful public buildings and grand houses, and thus was often termed the 'City of Palaces'. One traveller of the 18th century wrote, "On landing, I was struck by the general appearance of grandeur of all the buildings; not that any of them are according to the strict rules of art, but groups of columns, porticoes, domes and fine gateways, interspersed with tress and the broad river crowded with shipping, made the whole picture magnificent."