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[Front view of an unidentified building, Bombay.]

[Front view of an unidentified building, Bombay.]

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 201/(44)

Item number: 20144

Genre: Photograph

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.

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