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View of Back Bay (Lithograph)

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India Visual Art Archive
View of Back Bay
Original hand-coloured Lithograph
6.5 x 9.5”; 16 x 24 cms 
Publisher / Artist: John C. Anderson, Croydon Publication: “To India and Back by the Cape”; being a series of views illustrative of the voyage to India by John Corbet Anderson; from the collection of Mrinal Kapadia
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In this deeply atmospheric view of Back Bay and the Fort of Bombay, probably taken from a ridge on Malabar Hill, we see this burgeoning town in the thick of a monsoon onslaught, with strong gales and teetering boats struggling to make it safely back to shore. Back Bay was the name of the original bay formation lined by Girgaum Chowpatty, which stood approximately at today’s Marine Lines, prior to any reclamation projects. The word “Chowpatty” comes from the term “char patti”, meaning that in living memory at the time of coining this word, there were four channels formed at this location, possibly in a near-pristine time.
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