Distant view of Writers Buildings, 1918
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291x197mm. Taken from an identical viewpoint as Y3022AA/8, and showing the Dalhousie Institute dominating the S. side of Dalhousie Square, largely obscuring the Writers Buildings (by this time the Bengal Secretariat) beyond. It was erected by public subscription in 1865-66 'as a monumental edifice, to contain within its walls statues and busts of great men', with library, reading room and billiards room attached. In Curzon's view (Curzon i, p.96) the Institute had 'entirely changed its character in the interim, and become, instead of a Hall of Fame, a place of public entertainment, with library and reading rooms attached', and with the construction of the Victoria Memorial Hall many of the statues, including that of Hastings in the loggia, were transferred there. Photograph possibly by Johnston and Hoffman.
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