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Royal Lakes Rangoon at eventide 15620

Royal Lakes Rangoon at eventide 15620

Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (c.1845-1911)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 15/6(20)

Item number: 15620

Length: 21.5

Width: 27.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Royal Lake at eventide in Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Myanmar), taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1890s. This view looks westwards across the Royal Lake in Dalhousie Park (now Bogyoke Aung San Park), towards the Shwe Dagon Pagoda on the horizon. Dalhousie Park was created in the mid-19th century by the British to plans drawn up in 1856 by William Scott of the Calcutta Botanic Gardens. It was laid out around the Kandawgyi or Royal Lake, one of two lakes in northern Rangoon to the east of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda, Burma's most celebrated Buddhist shrine. Its still waters reflect the parkland scenery and the spire of the Shwe Dagon in a picturesque vista which was a popular subject for photographers in Rangoon. The photograph is from an album devoted almost entirely to Lord Elgin’s Burma tour of November to December 1898. Victor Alexander Bruce (1849-1917), ninth Earl of Elgin and 13th Earl of Kincardine, served as Viceroy of India between 1894 and 1899.

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