Scenery on the Hooghly 24742
Photographer: Fiebig, Frederick
Medium: Photographic print
A hand-coloured print from the Fiebig Collection: Views of Calcutta and Surrounding Districts, taken by Frederick Fiebig in 1851. View of a Village on the banks of the River Hugli with a boat beached in foreground. The scenery on the banks of the Hooghly varies greatly. The sea approach had nothing but sandbanks and mud formations covered with coarse grass. As the river narrows, tress, rice fields and villages begin to appear. Where the banks are high, there are hamlets covered with evergreen groves. The thick tropical landscape consists of palms and bamboos. The high bank of the Hooghly is densely populated. Approaching Calcutta port, the view from the Hooghly includes the thick foliage of the Botanical gardens at Sibpur, different types of ships and boats and the grand bungalows of Garden Reach.