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Scenery at the Botanical Gardens, Calcutta 247116

Scenery at the Botanical Gardens, Calcutta 247116

Photographer: Fiebig, Frederick

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1851

Shelfmark: Photo 247/1(16)

Item number: 247116

Genre: Photograph

A Hand-coloured print of the Botanical Gardens, Calcutta, from the Fiebig Collection: Views in Calcutta and Surrounding Districts, taken by Frederick Fiebig in 1851. The Botanical Gardens in Sibpur, on the west bank of the river Hooghly, were set up by the East India Company in 1786, through the efforts of Colonel Robert Kyd, its first Superintendent. The objective was to collect plants indigenous to the country and for introduction and acclimatisation of plants from foreign parts. The garden claims to have the largest Banyan tree in the world, which covers an area of 381 m in circumference.

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