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Exhibition in London, UK: Victoria and Albert Museum celebrates Lockwood Kipling’s passion for Indian art

Through 2 April 2017, London’s Victoria & Albert Museum is paying homage to Rudyard Kipling’s father Lockwood Kipling, a British artist, teacher and curator who campaigned for the preservation of Indian crafts

Jan 24, 2017 | By AFP Relaxnews

The Great Exhibition, Indian section, Joseph Nash ca. 1851. (Photo courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum London)

Lockwood Kipling, father of Rudyard Kipling, was a key figure of the Arts & Crafts movement who, at the end of the 19th century, was keen to celebrate and revive craftsmanship in the face of growing industrialisation. He had a particular passion for Indian crafts and played a fundamental role in shaping the foundation collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. This new exhibition, which opened this weekend and is 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.

Must-see pieces include paintings from the Indian section of the 1851 Great Exhibition — which were a key source of inspiration for the 14-year-old Kipling — as well as an enamelled gold and diamond-set bracelet, and a purple woven silk prayer carpet.

Lockwood Kipling with his son, Rudyard Kipling (Photo courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum London)

The exhibition features sketches by Kipling from his time spent in India from 1865 to 1875. He initially held a teaching position in Bombay, before heading to Lahore in the Punjab region (situated in modern-day Pakistan). The show also features Kipling’s illustrations for his son’s literary works, including the first and the second “Jungle Book” tomes.

The exhibition includes several Arts and Crafts movement pieces, such as a piano decorated by Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, plus furniture designed for the Royal residences of Bagshot Park and Osborne.

“Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London” will also be shown at the Bard Graduate Center, New York, USA, from September 17, 2017 to February 4, 2018.

“Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London” runs January 14 to April 2, 2017, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.

For more information, visit Victoria & Albert Museum’s website.