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Drawing - A man stamping a gold and silver lace design on a small trestle
  • A man stamping a gold and silver lace design on a small trestle
    Lockwood Kipling, John, born 1837 - died 1911
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A man stamping a gold and silver lace design on a small trestle

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Delhi (made)

  • Date:

    1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lockwood Kipling, John, born 1837 - died 1911 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and wash on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911) was born in Pickering, Yorkshire. His interest in art and design was aroused by a visit to the Great Exhibition of 1851 and he later became involved in the decoration of the Victoria and Albert Museum; he is depicted in a relief panel on the pediment of the Museum's Lecture Theatre. At the end of 1864, he was appointed Architectural Sculptor, one of three new posts for artist-craftsmen at the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy School of Art and Industry in Bombay; he later became its Principal. In the following March he married and a few weeks later set off for a new life in India. In December 1865 his first son was born and christened Rudyard after the place in Staffordshire where his parents had first met. As well as teaching, Lockwood Kipling made decorative designs for buildings in Bombay and even designed the uniforms and decorations for Lord Lytton's Imperial Assemblage of 1877, at which Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India. In 1875 he was appointed head of the new Mayo College of Arts in Lahore, where he promoted traditional Indian crafts, which had been declining in the face of cheap European imports. In 1870 Kipling had been commissioned by the government to tour the North-West Provinces and make a series of sketches of Indian craftsmen. This one was drawn in Delhi in November 1870.

Physical description

Drawing of a turbaned man kneeling on the floor while he stamps silver and gold lace on a small trestle with a punch and a wedgeshaped piece of wood. Other implements including plyers and pincers lie in front of him.

Place of Origin

Delhi (made)


1870 (made)


Lockwood Kipling, John, born 1837 - died 1911 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Delhi Nov: 1870. JLK. Label on verso: 23 Stamping gold and silver lace. Delhi B.
English; Lockwood; 1870


Height: 26 cm, Width: 31 cm

Object history note

John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911) was born in Yorkshire and began his career as a designer and architectural sculptor. In the early 1860s, he joined the South Kensington Museum (as the V&A was then known) producing decoration for the new V&A buildings with terracotta architectural sculpture under the direction of Godfrey Sykes.

In 1865, Kipling left London for India and spent ten years in Bombay (now known as Mumbai) to teach at the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy School of Art and became fascinated by Indian crafts. He was commissioned by the Indian Government to prepare a series of studies of crafts people and he visited the artisans in their workshops during a tour in 1870 that included Simla, Amritsar, Delhi and Lucknow.

In 1872 on a visit to Khamgaon in Berar he became fascinated by the process of cotton cultivation and produced a series of studies from life showing seeds being sown, filling gunny bags and farmers taking cotton to the market.

Kipling was a supporter of the Arts and Crafts movement in England which sought to re-establish the importance of good craftsmanship and design in the face of rapid industrialisation. His beliefs strongly influenced his teaching and when he was appointed Principal of the Mayo School of Art (today Pakistan’s National College of Arts) and curator of the adjoining museum in Lahore, he promoted the study of traditional crafts.

John Lockwood Kipling was the father of Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book and Kim.

Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. 1880 Register Entry: [ Room 8. On The Wall.] '0929. TWENTY-EIGHT FRAMES, glazed, each containing two sketches, by J. L. Kipling, of the School of Art, Bombay, illustrating the craftsmen of North-western India. 1 to 56'

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Drawing, from a series of drawings of craftspeople of northwest India, pencil, pen and wash on paper, John Lockwood Kipling, Dehli, 1870


Pen; Pencil; Wash


Drawings; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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