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Public Gardens, Rangoon

Public Gardens, Rangoon

Photographer: Jackson, J.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 355/1(167)

Item number: 3551167

Length: 20.8

Width: 26.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Cantonment Gardens in Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Myanmar), taken by J. Jackson in about 1868, part of the Dunlop Smith Collection: Sir Charles Aitchison Album of Views in India and Burma. The Cantonment Gardens were situated immediately to the south-west of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda within the military cantonment. They were planned in 1854-56 by William Scott of the Calcutta Bontanic Gardens and laid out by the city's Public Works Department. This was a popular view of the gardens. With a summerhouse to the left and a rustic wooden bridge to the right, it is centred on the spire of the Shwe Dagon on the skyline, and its reflection in the lake. A gilded bell-shaped stupa, the pagoda can be glimpsed from all over Rangoon due to its elevated postion on Singuttara Hill.

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