(VUE DE BOMBAY ET DES MONTAGNES DU MALABAR)
BOMBAY FROM MALABAR HILL
By Isidore Laurent Deroy
Published by L Turgis, Jr.
Image size: 65cm x 48 cm
With frame: 50 x 62 cm
A RARE ANTIQUE PRINT OF BOMBAY FROM MALABAR HILL
A view of Mumbai from the very rare series 'Ports de Mer d'Asie' by Isidore Laurent Deroy (1796-1886). Taken from north of the city, it features a group of people including musicians seated on the grass in the foreground.
Around the time of this painting, Malabar Hill had become the the new residential precinct of the Bombay governors. The city's history dates back tothe advent of the Silhara kings who ruled the Bombay islands (810-1260 AD), and built the original temples of Walkeshwar.
Coloured lithograph pub: circa 1840 the history of Malabar hill - - dates back to the from 810 to 1260 ad and built theoriginal temples of Walkeshwar. At the south-eastern tip of the peninsula, they found, at what is now Malabar point, a strangely cleft rock, which they named, Shri-gundi, or "lucky stone". It was reputed to have the power to purge the sins of all those who passed through its magic fissure. On the plains, known as Girguam, between Dongri hill and the higher hill (Malabar hill) were forests of barrack and plantain. A pathway known as the "shidi" or ladder connected the ancient Gamdevi temple in the plains through plantations of babul and banyans to the Walkeshwar temple on the hills.