A view of Calcutta taken from Fort William


In 1779 William Hodges travelled to India under the patronage of Warren Hastings (1732–1818). He remained there for six years, and on his return published two series of prints developed from the drawings he made. This engraving is the second plate from his 1793 series, Travels in India. Fort William, situated south of Kolkata on the River Hughli, was one of the chief strongholds of the British East India Company. In 1773 the East India Company had established Kolkata as their headquarters, and appointed Hastings as the first Governor-General of Bengal.

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A View of Calcutta, taken from Fort William, plate II of William Hodges, Travels in India, during the years 1780, 1781, 1782 & 1783
1793, London
J Edwards
Engraving / View
William Byrne, William Hodges
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British Library
W 2126

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