ISBN 9788129117359,History Of Indian And Eastern Architecture: A Set Of Two Volumes

History Of Indian And Eastern Architecture: A Set Of Two Volumes


Rupa & Co



Rupa & Co

Publication Year 2011

ISBN 9788129117359

ISBN-10 8129117355

Hard Back

Number of Pages 1060 Pages
Language (English)


The architecture of India is rooted in its history, culture and religion. A systematic study of Indian architecture and its principles only began in the 19th century through the work of British scholars and engineers who used, for the first time in the country, photography and site-plans to aid their research. James Fergusson's two volume History of Indian and Eastern Architecture, which was first published in 1876, was the result of such efforts, and the first-ever major publication of its kind. This text is that of the 1910 edition, revised and expanded by James Burgess and R. Spiers. About the Author James Fergusson was born in Scotland in 1808. He travelled to Calcutta where he began working as a partner in a merchant house. He became a highly successful indigo planter which enabled him to retire after ten years, settle in London and train as an architect. During his time in India, he become interested in its architecture. He made numerous research trips to the country between 1834 and 1843 and published The Rock-Cut Temples of India in 1845. Fergusson was a prolific writer, his other books include, The Handbook of Architecture (1855), History of Modern Architecture (1862), Palaces of Nineveh and Persepolis Restored (1851), and The Temples of the Jews in Jerusalem (1878). He also presented papers at the British Institute of Architects on the architecture of southern India and Bijapur. He died in 1886.