4 of 40 portraits of Rudyard Kipling
by William Strang
pencil, circa 1898
12 1/2 in. x 8 3/4 in. (318 mm x 222 mm)
Sitterback to top
- (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), Writer and poet. Sitter associated with 40 portraits.
Artistback to top
- William Strang (1859-1921), Painter and etcher. Artist associated with 66 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Funnell, Peter (introduction); Marsh, Jan, A Guide to Victorian and Edwardian Portraits, 2011, p. 45 Read entry
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay and after an English education he returned to India to work for the Civil and Military Gazette in Lahore. His books, Plain Tales from the Hills (1887), The Jungle Book (1894) and Kim (1901) among them, show Kipling to be unequalled as an observer of the Raj and as a commentator on the duties and obligations of empire. Later in life he settled at Bateman’s, a seventeenth-century house in Sussex that is now owned by the National Trust. Here Kipling drew 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 imperialist themes in his work, Kipling is now recognised as one of the major literary talents of his time.
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 141
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 355
Events of 1898back to top
Current affairsThe UK Parliament passes the Irish Local Government Act, which establishes a mixed system of local government in Ireland similar to that in Great Britain, notably creating new, directly elected county councils, and extending the electoral franchise to include all male householders and occupiers.
Charles Pelham Villiers, Britain's longest-serving Member of Parliament, dies. Villiers entered Parliament in 1835 as Liberal MP for Wolverhampton.
Art and scienceThe French physicists Pierre and Marie Curie discover the strongly radioactive elements polonium and radium, paving the way for cancer therapy and nuclear physics.
H.G. Wells's highly influential science fiction novellaThe War of the World is published, describing an invasion of England by aliens from Mars.
InternationalThe Spanish-American war takes place after Spain fails to meet America's demands to peacefully resolve the Cuban fight for independence. America secures victory after a series of quick naval and military victories in the Philippines and Cuba. Later this year, the Treaty of Paris gives the US ownership of the former Spanish colonies of Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Guam, the US also taking control of Cuba, ending the uprising and granting independence.
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