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  • Drawing
    Lockwood Kipling, John, born 1837 - died 1911
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  • Place of origin:

    Panjab (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, a huge display of Britain’s trading prowess in the purpose-built Crystal Palace in London. Kipling later became involved in the decoration of the Victoria and Albert Museum and 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 was 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, 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, in present-day north-east Pakistan, 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 British Government to tour the north-west provinces and make a series of sketches of Indian artisans. This one shows a man working at a silk loom at Agra in northern India.

Physical description

A bearded man wearing a turban is sitting at a pit loom weaving silk cloth.

Place of Origin

Panjab (made)


1870 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

39. Loom for weaving silk fabrics. Amritsar, Panjab. Recto: Umritsur Nov 1870. J.L.K.
English; Lockwood; 1870


Height: 26.5 cm, Width: 36.4 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911) was born in Yorkshire but as his career developed became an established artist and scholar, and in 1865 settled in India with his family. He became professor of architectural sculpture at the JeeJeebhay School of Art in Bombay and in 1882 curator of the Lahore Museum. During his career JL Kipling was a member of the Department of Art and Science at the Victoria and Albert Museum and was also involved in the museum's decoration. John Lockwood Kipling was the father of Rudyard Kipling, author of the famous novels 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'

Descriptive line

Drawing of a silk-weaver. Amritsar, 1870.


Pen; Pencil; Wash

Subjects depicted



Drawings; Images Online; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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