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Chowringhee – A Panoramic View, Calcutta, 1809

চৌরঙ্গী – বিসারিত দৃশ্য, কলকাতা, ১৮০৯
This view was taken from Thomas Graham’s house in Chowringhee with part of Fort William in the background. Viscount Valentia George Annesley wrote of the Esplanade: “in an evening it is covered with the carriages of the richer inhabitants, who drive rapidly along, and with their numerous torch-bearers, form a singular and pleasing scene. The houses are built of brick, covered by a brilliant stucco, there called chunam, which takes a polish nearly equal to scaglioni marble”.
This aquatint was taken from plate 3 of Henry Salt’s ‘Twenty Four Views in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt’. As the capital of the British in India, there were more views made of Calcutta than of any other city.