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View of shipping from Hastings' Bridge [Calcutta]

View of shipping from Hastings' Bridge [Calcutta]

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 29/(26)

Item number: 2926

Length: 18.5

Width: 31.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View from Hastings Bridge from 'Views of Calcutta and Barrackpore' taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. Hastings Bridge crossed the Tolly Nullah, a canal off of the Hooghly River, was named after the Governor-General Marquis of Hastings (1813-1823) administration. In 1874 this suspension bridge collapsed and was replaced by a stronger bridge.

By the 1860s, commercial photography was becoming well-established in India and this growing market attracted the young Nottingham photographer Samuel Bourne to the subcontinent in 1863. During a residence of seven years, Bourne produced thousands of landscape and architectural views, but his fame and the success of his studio, rests primarily on the results of three arduous photographic expeditions to Kashmir and the Himalayas.

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