Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Burslem to India

The name Kipling is associated with Staffordshire because the nineteenth-century artist & designer John Lockwood Kipling designed some of the decorative friezes on the Wedgwood Institute in Burslem (see my blog-post about the Institute) - and he also named his son, the famous novelist Rudyard Kipling, after Lake Rudyard in north Staffordshire, which he and his wife visited.
In fact, John Lockwood and his wife actually met in Burslem.

The odd thing is that I don't know if Rudyard Kipling ever did visit Staffordshire himself.

Of course, Rudyard was born and raised in British India; because John Lockwood had gone out there to head the Bombay (now Mumbai) School of Art.

Whilst there in India, John Lockwood continued his design work; and on a visit to India myself I was able to photograph some of his friezes over the entrance to Bombay's Crawford Market . You can see the main one on this page. 
It's interesting that they continue his interest in 'honest labour'.

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