5 of 40 portraits of Rudyard Kipling
by Sir Philip Burne-Jones, 2nd Bt
oil on canvas, 1899
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
Bequeathed by the artist's mother, 1920
Sitterback to top
- (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), Writer and poet. Sitter associated with 40 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Philip Burne-Jones, 2nd Bt (1861-1926), Painter. Artist of 3 portraits, Sitter in 15 portraits.
This portraitback to top
He is shown in this portrait seated at his desk writing. Bequeathed by the artist's mother, Lady Burne-Jones, 1920.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Smartify image discovery app
- 100 Writers, p. 75
- Bayly, Christopher, The Raj: India and the British 1600-1947, 1990 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 19 October 1990 - 17 March 1991), p. 326
- MacCarthy, Fiona, Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy 1860-1960, 2014 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 16 October 2014 - 11 January 2015), p. 96
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 355
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1899back to top
Current affairsGeorge Nathaniel Curzon, Lord Curzon, is appointed Viceroy of India, pursuing a mixed policy of forceful control and conciliation. Curzon's inquiries into Indian administration result in legislation in areas including education, irrigation, and policing. The Board of Education is created to co-ordinate the work of higher grade elementary schools, county technical schools and endowed grammar schools, also setting up a register of teachers.
Art and scienceThe Italian Guglielmo Marconi transmits the first wireless telegraph, between France and England across the English Channel, a distance of 32 miles. Marconi's production of waves over long distances lays the foundations for the development of the radio. Later this year, Marconi demonstrates his invention in America, at the Cup yacht race, and for the American navy.
InternationalOutbreak of the second Boer war, fought between the British Empire and the two independent Boer Republics of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal. Despite a disastrous start, Britain quickly won the war, although guerilla warfare continued until 1902, leading to the introduction of concentration camps by British commander Lord Kitchener, a measure which contributes to the British public's growing disillusionment with the campaign.
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