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The lifestyle series takes a look at what’s hot and must sees in London and around the world under five main headings – What, Where, Why, When and Anything Else.
What is it?
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 (father of Rudyard) who played a significant role in shaping the foundation collection. Highlights include paintings of the Indian section of the Great Exhibition, Lockwood Kipling’s own sketches of Indian craftspeople observed during his time living in India, objects he selected in India for the V&A, designs and illustrations for books, and furniture designed for royal residences Bagshot Park and Osborne.
Where is it?
Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London can be seen at the Victoria & Albert Museum until the 2nd April 2017 and – best of all – it’s free!
The Victoria and Albert Museum has collaborated with the Bard Graduate Center, New York, to present the first exhibition exploring the life and work of Lockwood Kipling (1837 – 1911), an artist, teacher, curator and influential figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. Lockwood Kipling was a social campaigner for the preservation of Indian crafts, a craftsman whose terracotta panels can still be seen on the exterior of the V&A and was an illustrator of books by his son, the renowned writer Rudyard Kipling.
When should I go there?
Our top tip is to visit the V&A Museum in the morning before the crowds. That way, you can treat yourself to a delicious lunch or afternoon tea after viewing your preferred exhibits!
In 1893 Lockwood Kipling retired from his position in Lahore and moved home to England, where Lockwood and Rudyard often collaborated. The exhibition includes a terracotta tobacco jar designed and made by Kipling in the shape of a bear, inspired by their shared time in India. Rudyard wove his father’s vivid recollections into his stories, many of which Lockwood Kipling illustrated. A range of these editions are on show, including The First and The Second Jungle Book and Kim.
Contributor Alexandra Pinhorn
Images Credits: Images with thanks to Victoria and Albert Museum; Royal Collection Trust/ Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016; National Trust / Charles Thomas; Bard Graduate Center, New York; National Trust Images / John Hammond and CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection
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