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Government House, Rangoon

Government House, Rangoon

Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (c.1845-1911)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 15/6(58)

Item number: 15658

Length: 13

Width: 20.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Government House at Rangoon (Yangon), in Burma, probably taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1890s. This is a view of the new Government House in Rangoon, built between 1892 and 1895. It replaced a timber building and was designed in what its architect, a Mr Hoyne-Fox, described as ‘Queen Anne Renaissance’ style. Rangoon was itself rebuilt on a grid plan by the British colonial government in the mid-19th century and the later 19th century saw the construction of a number of new public buildings. B.R. Pearn, in his ‘History of Rangoon’ (1939), notes that there was some local criticism of the aesthetic quality of these new buildings.

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