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The Kirk, Calcutta

The Kirk, Calcutta

Photographer: Fiebig, Frederick

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1851

Shelfmark: Photo 247/2(2)

Item number: 24722

Genre: Photograph

A hand-coloured print of the St. Andrew's Kirk, Calcutta, from the Fiebig Collection: Views of Calcutta and Surrounding Districts, taken by Frederick Fiebig in 1851. St. Andrew's, also known as the Scotch Church, on the corner of Dalhousie Square, (formerly Tank Square) was consecrated in 1818 on the site of the Old Court House. Like St. John's Church, this was based on James Gibb's St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Controversy surrounded the building of this Church of Scotland as the Anglican Bishop of Calcutta tried to prevent the erection of the spire as he believed only the Church of England had the right to do so. St. Andrew's Kirk has a soaring steeple, a magnificent organ and a carved pulpit.

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