The Lockwood Kiplings' House in Lahore, India
Art / Drawings and watercolours
Pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper
225 x 373 mm
Place of origin
LahoreOrder this image
Bateman's, East Sussex (Accredited Museum)
On show at
Rendering of the Lockwood Kiplings' house, ca. 1880 by Baga Ram, one of Kipling's students at the Mayo School of Industrial Arts in Lahore (today Pakistan’s National College of Arts). Pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper. This exterior rendering shows the simple rectangular structure of the house surrounded by an arcade of Eastern-style arches creating a wide veranda.
John Lockwood and Alice Kipling moved into their house in Lahore in 1880. It was located on Mozang Road, which runs from the school and museum where Kipling taught (Mayo School of Industrial Arts in Lahore) down toward the botanical gardens.The family mockingly referred to their home as 'Bikaner House' after the desert area in Rajasthan some 250 miles away, due to the dust that swirled around it from the palm trees. The architectural design of the house, including the wide veranda and other aspects of the building had to be adapted for the weather, hence there were shades on the windows to keep out the sun and drainage pipes to deal with the torrential downpours, which occur in the rainy season. All the bushes and trees had to be cut down to prevent insects and snakes from coming inside. Text adapted from Barbara Bryant, 'Alice Kipling' in ‘John Lockwood Kipling: Art & Crafts in the Punjab and London’, Bard Graduate Center Gallery, New York and Yale University Press, 2017, p. 346.
Makers and roles
Baga Ram, artist previously catalogued as by John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911), artist of original
John Lockwood Kipling: Arts & Crafts in the Punjab and London (Ed.Julius Bryant and Susan Weber) published in conjunction with the exhibition, the Victoria & Albert Museum, 14 Jan - 2 Apr 2017; Bard Graduate Center, New York: 15 Sept 2017 - 7 Jan 2018., cat. 147