The "Indian Style" of 1788

Zirwat Chowdhury
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 3:00pm
Allen Auditorium

Zirwat Chowdhury, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

This talk will provide an example of how an alternative history of "Anglo-Indian" architecture in Britain may be recovered. It offers an account that challenges the historiographical tendency to assess British architects' interests in Indian architecture, in the 18th and 19th centuries, through a lens of triumphalism or eclecticism. The talk will focus on George Dance the Younger's "Hindoo-Gothic" Guildhall facade of 1788, and demonstrate why the facade served as a caricature of artist William Hodges' print, A View of a Mosque at Chunar Gur.

Sponsors: UW South Asia Center and the Division of Art History, School of Art

Contact: Sonal Khullar, skhullar@uw.edu


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