Rudyard Kipling’s father Lockwood Kipling campaigned for the preservation of Indian crafts. London’s Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum to pay homage by holding an exhibition.
Lockwood Kipling, father of Rudyard Kipling (English writer who wrote The Jungle Book) had a particular passion for Indian crafts, was a key figure of the Arts & Crafts movement, and played a fundamental role in shaping the foundation collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Lockwood held a teaching position in Bombay, before heading to Lahore in Pakistan.
The exhibition entitled “Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London,” explores the history of the V&A’s collections through the life of Lockwood Kipling.
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Highlights of the exhibition:
- Paintings from the Indian section of the 1851 Great Exhibition — which were a key source of inspiration for the 14-year-old Kipling
- Sketches by Kipling from his time spent in India from 1865 to 1875.
- Kipling’s illustrations for his son’s literary works, including the first and the second “Jungle Book” books.
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- Arts and Crafts movement pieces, such as a piano decorated by Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, furniture designed for the Royal residences of Bagshot Park and Osborne.
- Enamelled gold and diamond-set bracelet, and a purple woven silk prayer carpet.
“Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London” is currently being shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK. The exhibition will also be shown at the Bard Graduate Center, New York, USA, later in the year.