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John Lockwood Kipling: Arts & Crafts in the Punjab and London is the first exhibition to explore the life and work of John Lockwood Kipling (1837–1911), an artist, teacher, curator, and influential figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. He was also a social campaigner for the preservation and promotion of Indian crafts and a designer of architectural sculpture whose creations can be seen on buildings in London, Mumbai, and Lahore.
The exhibition focuses on Lockwood Kipling’s advocacy for and promotion of the arts and crafts of India through his work at art schools in Bombay (now known as Mumbai) and Lahore, as well as his role as curator of the Lahore Museum, his journalism over 25 years in India, and his influence on his son, the writer and poet, Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936), some of whose books he illustrated. Two-hundred and fifty objects—encompassing metalwork and furniture, drawings and paintings, illustrated books and architectural ornaments, as well as ceramics and relief sculpture from the V&A’s collections and lenders across Britain, the United States, and Pakistan—will be on view.
Curated by Susan Weber, Director, Bard Graduate Center, andJulius Bryant, Keeper of Word & Image, Victoria and Albert Museum.
Organized by Bard Graduate Center and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.