Almost synonymous with the city of Calcutta is the iconic Victoria Memorial. Conceived by Lord Curzon, in memory of Queen Victoria, it is emblematic of the British Raj. As much as it is praised for its architecture, the collection of the museum is stunning. In this art walk, the history of the museum’s collection of paintings and its contemporary context will be delved into. The museum boasts of the largest collection of paintings by Thomas and William Daniell, world’s third largest oil painting, original paintings by Johann Zoffany, sculptures, lithographs, manuscripts, historical documents, and over 28,000 other such artefacts. As the paintings and artefacts stand testament to the colonial past of the country, through this walk we will try to find their links and associations with the history of the city and its heritage.

This guided tour is free.

Walk Leader
Soumyadeep Roy
A visual artist and a writer, who has exhibited his works locally as well as internationally, Soumyadeep’s interests are history through the lens of Art, culture, and religion. He is a heritage enthusiast and has been travelling in and around India with rich art histories. He is an alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta and Jadavpur University, respectively.