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Phayre Street, Rangoon

Phayre Street, Rangoon

Photographer: Watts and Skeen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 430/15(25)

Item number: 4301525

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from the Curzon Collection, of Phayre Street in Rangoon (Yangon), taken by the studio of Watts and Skeen during the 1890s. After the second Anglo-Burmese war in 1852, resulting in the conquest of Lower Burma, the city of Rangoon passed into British hands along with the province of Pegu (Bago). It was rebuilt on a long east-west geometric grid plan by British military engineers. Phayre Street is one of the wide, tree-lined avenues dating from this time and runs in a north-south direction in central Rangoon. Now Pansodan Lan, it was named after Sir Arthur Purvis Phayre, first Commissioner of British Burma (1862-67), and was the location for major banks and trading houses. The buildings shown combine elements of colonial and vernacular architectural styles.

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