Rudyard Kipling(1865-1936), Writer and poet
(Joseph) Rudyard Kipling
Sitter associated with 40 portraits
Author and poet; born in Bombay; educated in England but returned to India and worked for Civil and Military Gazette in Lahore; his many publications include Plain Tales from the Hills, 1887, The Jungle Book, 1894, and Kim, 1901; unequalled as an observer of the Raj and as a commentator on the duties and obligations of empire. Later in life settled in Sussex, from which he drew the inspiration for Puck of Pook's Hill, 1906, and Rewards and Fairies, 1910, as well as some of his finest late stories; long out of favour because of the imperial themes in his work, he is now recognised as one of the major talents of his time.
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by Graphic Photo Union
bromide press print, 1923
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