Photographer's Note

In 1690 the East India Company started a trading post in Calcutta (known as Kolkota since 2001). In 1772, once a larger British presence had been established in East India, Calcutta became the official capital of British India until 1911. The picture shown is of the Victoria Memorial whose construction began in 1904 and it was inaugurated by King Edward VIII in 1921.

Here is a snippet of some additional information I found on the internet while researching this photograph:

"A bronze statue of Queen Victoria sits enthroned in bronze at the entrance marble staircase wearing the regal Order of the Star of India. Above her, a black bronze angel known as Victory, holding a bugle in her hand was placed at the apex of the dome above the Memorial and has always been regarded as a curious addition to the monument. It is fixed to its pedestal with ball bearings and rotates when the wind is strong enough.

Built entirely of white marble, Victoria Memorial, one of India's most beautiful monuments, represent a unique combination of classical European architecture and Mughal motifs. The domed and white marble museum sprawls over 64 acres and is set in a landscaped garden at the southern side of the Kolkata's maidan (ground) near Jawaharlal Nehru Road.

Designed after the Taj Mahal in Agra, it has a vast collection of pictures, statues, manuscripts, letters etc, relating to the Nawabi and British times in Bengal. The memorial was the inspiration of Lord Curzon, who in 1901, felt that his recently departed Queen Victoria, required a suitable monument to her memory. She was the first British monarch to be awarded the title of Queen-Empress of India in 1877."

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  • Copyright: Brajesh Singh (brajesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 54 W: 0 N: 16] (192)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-04-17
  • Camera: Canon G2
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2005-08-26 21:11
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