Opening September 2017 at Bard Graduate Center Gallery, this is the first major exhibition to examine John Lockwood Kipling (1837‐1911)—designer, architectural sculptor, curator, educator, illustrator, and journalist—whose role in the nineteenth‐century Arts and Crafts revival in British India has received little attention.
John Lockwood Kipling started his career as an architectural sculptor at the South Kensington Museum (later renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum) in 1861. He then spent a decade teaching at the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy School of Art in Mumbai, and a further eighteen years as principal of the Mayo School of Industrial Arts in Lahore (today Pakistan’s National College of Arts) and as curator of the Lahore Museum.
John Lockwood Kipling: Arts & Crafts in the Punjab and London is the result of a three‐year international research project bringing together scholars from Mumbai, Lahore, London, New York, Vermont, and Hawaii. It will focus on Lockwood Kipling’s curatorship 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). Nearly three hundred objects—encompassing metalwork and furniture, drawings and paintings, as well as ceramics and relief sculpture—from lenders across Britain as well as the United States and Pakistan, will be on view.
Curated by Susan Weber, Director, Bard Graduate Center, and Julius Bryant, Keeper of Word & Image, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Organized by Bard Graduate Center in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, John Lockwood Kipling: Arts & Crafts in the Punjab and London was on view at the V&A from January 14 through April 2, 2017.