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The Strand, Calcutta

The Strand, Calcutta

Photographer: Stretton, W.G.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 355/1(2)

Item number: 35512

Length: 18.4

Width: 26.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph by W. G. Stretton taken in the 1870s, part of the Dunlop Smith Collection: Sir Charles Aitchison Album of Views in India and Burma. Looking north along The Strand towards the High Court in the distance, with sailing ships at their moorings along the River Hooghly at the left. The Strand, the road running along the river-front in Calcutta, was originally constructed from Chandpaul Ghaut [a ghat being a stepped embankment in India] northwards and later southwards to Fort William and beyond. The Strand and the embankment of the river had been another of Governor-General Marquess Wellesley's schemes for the improvement of Calcutta.

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