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Tank Square and water carriers, Calcutta

Tank Square and water carriers, Calcutta

Photographer: Fiebig, Frederick

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1851

Shelfmark: Photo 247/2(23)

Item number: 247223

Genre: Photograph

A hand-coloured print of Tank Square, Calcutta, from the Fiebig Collection: Views of Calcutta and Surrounding Districts, taken by Frederick Fiebig in 1851. This is a view inside the entrance to the tank, within Tank Square, which was an important reservoir supplying much of the water to the city. The Bhistis (water carriers) can be seen here carrying their leather water bags. The ornamental box on the right is for watchmen (chowdikars) who prevented people from bathing in the tank.

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