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Government House, Calcutta (under repair at the time of taking this view)

Government House, Calcutta (under repair at the time of taking this view)

Photographer: Fiebig, Frederick

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1851

Shelfmark: Photo 247/1(2)

Item number: 24712

Genre: Photograph

A hand-coloured print of the Government House, Calcutta, from the Fiebig Collection: Views of Calcutta and Surrounding Districts, taken by Frederick Fiebig in 1851. This is a view of the Government House from Esplanade Row, while under repair. The Government House had been the official residence of the Governor-General since it was commissioned by Marquess Wellesley in 1798. It was made of brick covered in gleaming white plaster, and was a showpiece building for the showpiece capital of the British in India. The architect Captain Charles Wyatt (1759-1818) was an officer in the Bengal Engineers. He based his design on James Paine's and Robert Adam's plans for Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, which, with its central block and four detached wings linked to the centre by curving corridors, allowed good circulation of air. Four ceremonial gateways were included, two of which crossed Esplanade Row. Their design was based on Adam's archways at Syon House in Middlesex. Renamed Raj Bhavan, the building is now the residence of the Governor of West Bengal.

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