Shipping from Hastings Bridge [Calcutta], ship 'Bombay' & s.s. 'Mauritius'
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
View from Hastings Bridge from 'Views of Calcutta and Barrackpore' taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. Hastings Bridge crossed the Tolly Nullah, a canal off of the Hooghly River, was named after the Governor-General Marquis of Hastings (1813-1823) administration. In 1874 this suspension bridge collapsed and was replaced by a stronger bridge. A view looking towards shipping in the Hooghly. The twin-funnelled paddle-steamer Mauritius and the three-masted sailing ship Bombay are moored in mid-stream.
By the 1860s, commercial photography was becoming well-established in India and this growing market attracted the young Nottingham photographer Samuel Bourne to the subcontinent in 1863. During a residence of seven years, Bourne produced thousands of landscape and architectural views, but his fame and the success of his studio, rests primarily on the results of three arduous photographic expeditions to Kashmir and the Himalayas.