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View of Calcutta

View of Calcutta

Photographer: Fiebig, Frederick

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1851

Shelfmark: Photo 247/3(6)

Item number: 24736

Genre: Photograph

A hand-coloured print of a view of Calcutta from the 'Fiebig Collection: Views of Calcutta and Surrounding Districts', taken by Frederick Fiebig in 1851. Calcutta was established in 1690 by the British as a trade settlement and became the capital in 1772. It remained the capital city of the British Raj until 1912 when the capital was moved to Delhi. Before the arrival of the British, Calcutta consisted of three villages - Sutanuti, Gobindapur and Kailkata - that were along the east bank of the river Ganges.

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