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Great banian tree in Barrackpore Park.

Great banian tree in Barrackpore Park.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: Photo 27/(86)

Item number: 2786

Genre: Photograph

Photograph a Banyan tree in Barrackpore park, from an Album of Miscellaneous views in India, taken by Samuel Bourne in c.1864. Barrackpore, 24 km to the north of Calcutta on the river Hooghly, was originally permanent barracks for the British army and later became the summer residence of the British Governor Generals. Marquess Wellesley was British Governor-General in Calcutta from 1797 to 1805, and made many improvements to Barrackpore. He had the gardens of Barrackpore Park laid out in the 'English Style' and the extensive grounds contained a theatre, an aviary and a menagerie.

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