Tuesday, July 6, 2010
View of Mazagon.--Artist: Gonsalves, Jose M. (fl. 1826-c.1842) Medium: Lithograph Date: 1826
Lithograph of a view of Mazagon by Jose M. Gonsalves (fl. 1826-c.1842). Plate 6 from his 'Lithographic Views of Bombay' published in Bombay in 1826. Gonsalves, thought to be of Goan origin, was one of the first artists to practice lithography in Bombay and specialised in topographical views of the city. Like Colaba, Mazagon was an ancient Koli fishing village. From the mid-16th century, the Portuguese had a manor house located here that was closely associated with the De Souza family. In 1661, Bombay was ceded to English control as part of the dowry brought to Charles II by the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza. Under English rule, Mazagon was further established as an affluent residential district.