Street Scene of Old Bombay   
19th century 
Lithograph print of a watercolour painting

Edward Hildebrandt, 1818-1869, was a German painter of repute who travelled on a world tour from 1860-1862, which included stops in the Middle East, India, Asia and the U.S. He worked mainly in watercolours. A folio of his paintings from his world voyage was published as chromolithographs in 1864 in Berlin. The original watercolours from the voyage were exhibited in London in 1866 and at an exhibition at the Crystal Palace in 1868.

This painting shows an elite residential quarter of Mumbai (Bombay), as suggested by the broad street, wooden verandahs and elaborate facades of the houses.