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Royal Lake, Rangoon 4301532

Royal Lake, Rangoon 4301532

Photographer: Watts and Skeen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 430/15(32)

Item number: 4301532

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from the Curzon Collection, of the Royal Lake in Rangoon (Yangon), taken by Watts and Skeen in the 1890s. The lake lies in Dalhousie Park (now Bogyoke Aung San Park), created by the British to plans drawn up in 1856 by William Scott of the Calcutta Botanic Gardens. It was named after Lord Dalhousie who was Governor General of India from 1848 to 1856. He supervised the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852 which resulted in the British annexation of the province of Pegu along with Rangoon. The park was laid out around the Kandawgyi or Royal Lake, one of two lakes in northern Rangoon to the east of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda. Its undulating shape was further landscaped and a drive encircling the lake was created. It was a popular subject for photographers in Rangoon for the picturesque vistas of water and parkland it gave. The Shwe Dagon Pagoda can be seen very faintly in the distance.

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