The birth of New Delhi was announced on December 11, 1911. Exactly a hundred years later, through essays and luxurious images, Delhi: Red Fort To Raisina charts the journey of India’s pre-Mughal and Mughal capital to the British Raj’s new capital that would become the city that it is today. An exclusive preview:http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/qutabminar.jpg


The Qutb Minar
By the Agra artist Latif, c. 1820. Standing 72.5 metres tall, the minaret was begun by Qutb al-Din Aibak in 1198 and completed by his successor Iltutmish in 1215. In this view Latif concentrates on the damage done to the stonework. British Library, london

The Jama Masjid

By the artist Mazhar Ali Khan, c. 1835-40. The scene is drawn from the rooftops of the bazaar to the north called the Bazar Kilhih and focuses on the north gate of the mosque.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Faiz Bazaar

By a Rajasthani artist, c.1840. The view is taken from the chowk at the beginning of the Faiz Bazaar. The procession heading towards the Delhi Gate suggests that this is of the emperor on his way to his country palace at the Qutb Minar.
Private collection, courtesy Francesca Galloway, London

Jain Temple

Photograph by Felice Beato, 1858. The Sri Digambar Jain Naya Mandir has been rebuilt many times. The doorway to it is dated to 1807. It is situated between Chandni Chowk and the Jama Masjid.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Lahore Gate

Photograph by Robert and Harriet Tytler, 1858, taken from the inside. The Lahore Gate had been where the commandant of the fort, appointed by the British, resided.
British Library, London

The Shrine of Nizamuddin Auliya

Photograph by GW Lawrie & Co., 1890s. The hangings make for a most striking pattern round the shrine.
British Library, London

The Tis Hazari Railway Station

This rail line anticipated the Metro, being one of several small stations built to link the venue of the 1911-1912 Coronation Durbar, extending from Kashmiri Gate to Azadpur.
Bates and Hindmarch, Private Collection

Plaza Cinema

Most of the cinemas of British New Delhi had European names. Cecil de Mille’s film The Greatest Show on Earth, running at Plaza when this picture was taken, was released in 1952.
Press Information Bureau, New Delhi

North and South Block

Photograph taken from the Government House. Despite the apparent mess, the vista along Kingsway (now Rajpath) is clearly visible.
British Library, London



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