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Jan 16, 2016

Government House - Calcutta (Kolkata) - Mid 19th Century

Raj Bhavan is the official residence of the Governor of West Bengal, India,  located in the state' capital city Kolkata. Built in 1803, it was known as the Government House in the pre-independence days. Later after the transfer of power from the East India Company to the British Crown in 1858 it became the official residence of the Viceroy of India, shifting here from the Belvedere Estate. With the shifting of capital to Delhi in 1911 it became the official residence of Lieutenant Governor of Bengal. Since independence in 1947 it serves as the official residence of the Governor of West Bengal and came to be known as the Raj Bhavan.
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Government House - Calcutta (Kolkata) - Mid 19th Century

Government House - Calcutta (Kolkata) - Mid 19th Century

Government House - Calcutta (Kolkata) - Mid 19th Century

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Photographer: Francis Frith
Date: Between 1850s to 1870s
Whole-plate albumen print from wet collodion glass negative