Bombay Gothic


The Gothic Revival style of architecture was creatively adapted to local conditions in Bombay in the nineteenth century. Renowned architects and theorists helped the then Governor Frere in realising his vision for Bombay as India’s first city.

In Bombay Gothic, Christopher W London traces the evolution of the city’s distinctive architectural style, illustrated vividly with vibrant photographs, rare archival material and drawing realistic visual comparisons with contemporary and medieval European styles of architecture.




Christopher W London

Christopher W London earned a doctorate from Oxford University in 1987 with a dissertation on British architecture in Victorian Bombay. An art and architectural historian, he specialises in British architecture in India, and has won an award for his work in building preservation in New York. Affiliated to the Royal Institute of British Architects, he has lectured at Cambridge University, for the Victorian Society of Great Britain, and for the Society for South Asian Studies in London.

He was guest editor and contributing author to Architecture in Victorian and Edwardian India (1994) and The Arts of Kutch (2000), and has contributed to Bombay to Mumbai: Changing Perspectives (1997), Lucknow: Then and Now (2003) and Banaras: The City Revealed (2005), all published by Marg, Mumbai. The Times of India and The Indian Architect & Builder, as well as several newspapers in London and Cambridge have carried his articles.

The author resides in London and New York.