From Country House to Viceroy’s House: A Journey with Sir Edwin Lutyens O.M.
Martin Lutyens, Chairman of The Lutyens Trust
15th November 2016
From Country House to Viceroy’s House: A Journey with Sir Edwin Lutyens O.M. – 15/10/2016
On the 15th of November Martin Lutyens, Chairman of The Lutyens Trust gave a talk on the life and work of Sir Edwin Lutyen.
Martin Lutyens, Sir Edwin’s great-nephew, spoke about the evolution of the great architect’s work and explained how his style matured and changed and how this led to the building, over almost 20 years, of New Delhi.
He described how this minimally educated man, with limited professional training, came to be the most celebrated British architect of his day, from the early houses that made his name, through to his increasing interest in larger work and the discipline of classical proportion.
The talk focused on the influence of his earlier work on the planning of New Delhi and the design of Government House (now Rashtrapati Bhavan); and, perhaps less well known, the influence that working in India had on his contemporaneous commissions in Britain and continental Europe, notably for the Imperial War Graves Commission in the aftermath of The Great War.
This talk was kindly sponsored by Cardiff Metropolitan University and The Ashley Family Foundation.
Pictures show Martin Lutyens and David Melding AM.
Rashtrapathi Bhavan photograph by ampersandyslexia
Portrait painted by Meredith Frampton RA