Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
The Hon. John Collier (London 1850 – Hampstead 1934)
Kipling's indian connections are brought to the fore in this portrait in which he wears a white 'kurta' or tunic. He was born in Bombay and though educated in England returned to India where he published stories and poems for the British community. This portrait of Kipling was painted during a period spent in London at the height of his early fame. In it, he wears his familiar round, metal-rimmed spectacles and looks straight out at the viewer in a relaxed manner.
Oil painting on canvas, Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) by The Hon. John Collier (London 1850 – Hampstead 1934), signed and dated 1891. Portrait of Rudyard Kipling in an Indian tunic. He was the son of John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911) and Alice Macdonala and married Caroline Starr Balestier (1862-1939) with he had three children, Josephine Kipling (1892-1899), Elsie Kipling, Mrs George Bambridge (1896 – 1976) of Wimploe Hall (NT) and John Kipling (1897- killed in action 1915).
Bequeathed by Caroline Starr Balestier, Mrs Rudyard Kipling (1862-1939) with house (Bateman's) and contents/given by Elsie Kipling, Mrs George Bambridge (1896 – 1976), Kipling's daughter, 1965
Bateman’s, The Rudyard Kipling Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Signed and dated 1891
Makers and roles
The Hon. John Collier (London 1850 – Hampstead 1934), artist