From Country House to Viceroy’s House: A Journey with Sir Edwin Lutyens O.M.
Wednesday, 7th March 2012, 14.00 – 15.30
A V&A daytime talk
At the Coronation Durbar in December 1911, King George V announced that the seat of Government of India was to move from Calcutta to Delhi. British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens was asked to join the Delhi Planning Commission and in 1912 work began on the Viceroy’s House, now Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India. Martin Lutyens, great nephew of Sir Edwin joins us almost exactly 100 years after the start of this momentous project, to talk about the evolution of Sir Edwin’s work, the impact that his architecture had on Delhi and how, in turn, working in India influenced his concurrent commissions in Europe, such as the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.