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View from High Court, Calcutta

View from High Court, Calcutta

Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 752/15(55)

Item number: 7521555

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from the Macnabb Collection, taken from the roof of the High Court, Calcutta by Bourne and Shepherd in c. 1885. General view facing eastwards from the High (Supreme) Court building on Esplanade Row in Calcutta. The Supreme Court building opened in 1782 and Sir William Jones, the great Orientalist, was a judge here from 1783 until his death in 1794. Criminal and civil cases were heard here for both Indians and Europeans and also appeals for Europeans from the Calcutta Presidency. Part of the Town Hall, designed by John Garstin and funded by lottery money, and Government House, designed by Captain Charles Wyatt and based on Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, are both visible in the left foreground.

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