[Front view of an unidentified building, Bombay.]
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the front view of an unidentified building in Bombay from the 'Album of architectural and topographical views, mostly in South Asia' taken by an unknown photographer in the 1890s. Bombay, the capital of Maharashtra, is one of India's major industrial centres. In 1661, the area came under English control as part of the dowry brought to Charles II by the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza. In the 19th century, Bombay became a prosperous centre for maritime trade and underwent an ambitious phase of building which resulted in a collection of some of the finest Victorian architecture in Asia. The architectural style dominant in Bombay at this time was Neo-Gothic. This style was encouraged by Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere (1815-1884), a Governor of Bombay.