The Forgotten Palaces of Calcutta

Paper Type: Art Paper (Matt) | Size: 254 mm x 229 mm
All colour; 145 photographs; 130 pages; Hardback
ISBN-10: 818973878X | ISBN-13: 978-81-89738-78-5


The Forgotten Palaces of Calcutta discovers the old buildings of the city, where heritage houses and history fill every crowded lane and secret courtyard. The great houses of Bengal’s merchant princes have been largely forgotten and rarely photographed. The great families experienced enormous changes in fortune over the centuries, from great wealth and power during colonial times to dramatic economic and social upheaval after Independence. For the remaining occupants, their ancestral homes are bitter-sweet symbols of family pride, difficult to restore, or sometimes even to maintain. By focusing on Calcutta’s heritage mansions and palaces, many of whose interiors have remained the same for over 200 years, The Forgotten Palaces of Calcutta makes an important contribution to the architectural history of both Calcutta and India.

Joanne Taylor
Joanne Taylor

Australia-born Joanne Taylor is a Sydney- based scholar, writer and photographer with a passion for Indian architecture and culture. She has written for numerous publications, studied Indian history at the University of Sydney, and has done a thesis on Calcutta's Great Houses for the University of New South Wales. Joanne first visited India in 1971, which left an indelible impression on her. In The Forgotten Palaces of Calcutta, she achieves her aim of showing another side of the city of Calcutta; a city which she feels, leaves a lasting impact on all who embrace it.