[Victoria Terminus Building, Mumbai]

Artist: Unknown

Date: 1860s–70s

Medium: Albumen silver print from glass negative

Dimensions: 18.3 x 23.6 cm (7 3/16 x 9 5/16 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Gift of Matthew Dontzin, 1985

Accession Number: 1985.1168.11


Frederick W. Stevens designed this building for the Great Indian Peninsular Railway, to serve as its main train station in Bombay. The style combines the Venetian Gothic popular in England at the time with elements of Indian architecture, and is built in the local red sandstone. A thirteen-foot personification of Progress, raising her arm toward the skies, tops the central dome. The Terminus opened in 1887 in time to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.