Chowringhee Road with a lady leaving a mansion in an open carriage, 1833. Litho by Wood


A plate [possibly no 16] from the collection of 28 lithographic prints produced in 1833 by William Wood of 428 The Strand, London and sold originally in five parts, the prints loose and without any text. Abbey Travel [495] notes that 82 sets were subscribed for in India and only 38 in England. This was the first lithographic printing of plates of Calcutta. The plate is pasted to later brown card with marks on the back of the card where the picture has been fastened into a frame (now lacking), the printed area clean but a few grubby marks in the margins and stains at the lower left corner, overall size 19 x 14ins [49 x 25cm]. This plate has been trimmed to within the plate margins and has thus lost its printed title. An attractive view of some of the great Calcutta mansions of the day with animals and Indian figures in the foreground as well as the cariage. There is a good description of this series by Wood (with several illustrations) in J P Losty’s Calcutta City of Palaces [British Library 1990].

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