Victoria Memorial

Calcutta, 1921

The highly photogenic Victoria Memorial, today a state museum, was commissioned to commemorate the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. Its architect was William Emerson. Financed by government and private donors in London and India, its foundation stone was laid in 1906 and it was opened to the public in 1921. The style of the memorial is Indo-Saracenic, with eclectic influences from British and Mughal architecture.