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Gordon Sanderson’s ‘Grand Programme’: Architecture, Bureaucracy and Race in the Making of New Delhi, 1910-1915

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>26/03/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>South Asian Studies
Issue number1
Volume36
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)72-87
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This article explores the relationship between choreography of India’s monuments and imperial hierarchies of race. It does so by situating one man’s professional biography within the structures of authority and privilege to which he owed his position. Gordon Sanderson was appointed Superintendent of Muhammadan and British Monuments in Northern India in 1910 and was charged with overseeing the exploration and conservation of archaeological monuments in the new imperial city at Delhi. The classification of India’s architectures offers a uniquely revealing insight into imperial ideologies of race and place. During his brief career, Sanderson demonstrated an intense dislike for the principles and practises of imperial Indian design, conservation and construction. Sanderson believed in a profound connection between landscape and architecture, a theory for which he found an antithesis in the imperial Public Works Department. Ultimately, his work was deployed by the Government of India as a repudiation of the credibility of Indian design and architecture.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in South Asian Studies on 26 March 2020, available online:  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02666030.2020.1741246