The Story of Government House [Raj Bhavan].
Bengal, Bengal Government Press, 1935. 14.5 cm x 22 cm. Frontispiece (Lord Wellesley as Govenor General, 1800 from a painting by R. Home), 155 pages, XVII. Some black and white photographic plates and illustrations throughout. Original Hardcover. Good condition with obvious signs of external wear. Book block and binding intact although frontipiece is cleanly detached. Message in ink pen to endpaper “With love to Henry from the Staff 29/5/46”. Covers slightly warped.
Includes for example the following essays: The Building of Government House and its Builder / Barrackpore / The Occupents of Government House / Belvedere and Darjeeling etc.
Symons was the Private Secretary to His Excellency Sir John Anderson, Governor of Bengal in 1935.
Raj Bhavan is the official residence of the Governor of West Bengal, located in the capital city Kolkata. Built in 1803, it was known as Government House before the independence of India.
After the transfer of power from the East India Company to the British Crown in 1858, it became the official residence of the Viceroy of India, shifting here from the Belvedere Estate. With the shifting of capital to Delhi in 1911 it became the official residence of Lieutenant Governor of Bengal. Since independence in 1947 it serves as the official residence of the Governor of West Bengal and came to be known as the Raj Bhavan, a name it shares with the official residences of other states’ governors.