Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
Vastu Sangrahalaya

formerly prince of wales museum of western india

Kolkata: Through Colonial Eyes  
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:15am - 06:00pm
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Calcutta (now Kolkata) was known as 'the City of Palaces' in the late 18th – late 19th centuries. By 1773, Calcutta was British India's capital and a place emerging with a number of public buildings that demonstrated the might of the Empire. Early European travelers in Calcutta included Company servants, envoys, merchants, missionaries, and explorers. Some documented their journey in diaries, letters, chronicles, and often sketching or drawing them.

This exhibition titled Kolkata; Through Colonial Eyes depicts the flourishing city of Calcutta and its culture by some of the prominent British landscape artists from the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries. The gallery showcases a thematic blend of prints illustrating Palladian architectural details by Thomas Daniell and James Baillie Fraser; city vistas by William Wood Junior and Frederick Fiebig; ritualistic representation of Churruck Poojah by James Moffat, an elegant cavalry depiction of Sir Charles D'Oyly; and a stormy monsoon portrayal by Selmar Hess. This exhibition follows Bombay to Mumbai – Door of the East with the Face to the West in the Prints and Drawings Gallery of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya.

The gallery will be open for viewing to the public from October 14, 2017.

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