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Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936
Literary File, Photography Collection

133 items

Acquisition: Internal transfers
Access: Open for research
Processed by: Mary Alice Harper and Mary Foster, 2006
RLIN Record ID: None


Table of Contents

Scope and Contents
Item List
Index of Photographers

Scope and Contents

The Rudyard Kipling Literary File consists of 133 items (47 loose photographic prints, 37 nitrate negatives, 18 glass negatives, and 31 images in an album). The prints are portraits of Rudyard Kipling (some are art reproductions); candid snapshots of Kipling (on a horse) in India, seated with a group of children, or speaking to a group of adults; views of Kipling's house, and of Rudyard Lake Garage; portraits of Kipling's parents; and snapshots of memorials and/or gravestones for various Kipling family members. Several images and most photographers are unidentified. The nitrate negatives are for snapshots of graves. The Kipling Album contains images of East Sussex, including "Bateman's" (Kipling's home from 1902-1936) and the nearby village of Burwash, as well as Herstmonceux, Beachy Head, and views of Bodiam Castle.

This file forms a part of the Literary File Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally include portraits and images collected by or of those figures.

*Items are located at PH:LF:Kipling, R., unless otherwise indicated.


Item List

Container Accession / P No. Description
*P1 Photographic postcard of Kipling as a young man, standing, leaning against a chair.
*P2 Photographic postcard of Kipling as a young man, standing, holding cigarette, wearing a straw boater.
* P3A-P3B3/4 right profile bust cabinet card portrait of Kipling; P3B is a copy print of P3A.
*P43/4 left profile bust portrait of Kipling.
* P8Photographic collage of Kipling, in a straw boater, standing among a group of Japanese children.
*P10 Photographic postcards of Kipling on horseback.
* P11Photomontage postcard of Kipling on horseback (same image as above) and a woman on horseback beside him.
*P12 Copy print of an earlier photograph of Kipling in a straw boater seated on the deck of a ship, talking to a group of children.
*P13 Photographic print of what appears to be Florence MacDonald speaking at the unveiling of a plaque honoring the Rev. George Browne MacDonald (Kipling's maternal grandfather) and his family, mounted on the chapel of the Wesleyan Methodist Church; participants and/or spectators seated in front and to her right, 1938.
* P143/4 left profile bust portrait of John Lockwood Kipling (Rudyard Kipling's father).
* P15-P16Copy prints of 2 different portraits of Alice Kipling (Rudyard Kipling's mother) in middle age; both were made from half-tone reproductions of earlier photographs.
* P17Photograph of a plaque honoring the Rev. George Browne MacDonald (Kipling's maternal grandfather) and his family, mounted on the chapel of the Wesleyan Methodist Church.
*P18A-P18E 4 variant snapshots of Kipling's house Bateman's; 1 snapshot of an unidentified man standing in front of the house in which Joseph Kipling was born.
*P19 Snapshot of Rudyard Lake Garage.
*P20A-P20C 3 variant snapshots of the gravestone of Rev. Joseph Kipling, paternal grandfather of Rudyard Kipling; an unidentified man appears in P20A, and an unidentified woman appears in P20B.
* P35Copy print of an 1876 carte-de-visite portrait by J. Craddock of an unidentified bearded man.
*P36 Copy print of a full-length portrait of Kipling and his wife Caroline.
*P37 Copy print of a half-tone reproduction of an earlier photographic bust profile portrait of an unidentified woman.
* P38Candid portrait of a little girl (one of Kipling's daughters?) sitting in an armchair.
* P39Portrait of an unidentified man and woman in which the man stands behind the woman who is seated.
*P40 Copy print of a portrait painting by Tamara de Lempicka of a woman reading a book.
*P41 Copy print of a half-tone reproduction of an earlier half-length profile photographic portrait of an unidentified woman.
*P43 Copy print of a half-tone reproduction of an earlier photographic bust portrait of an unidentified woman.
* P44Copy print of an earlier photographic bust portrait of an unidentified woman.
* P45A-P45B2 copy prints of an earlier photographic full-length portrait of an unidentified woman standing next to a table, holding a book.
*P46 Bust portrait of an unidentified woman wearing a white hat.
*P47 Full-length portrait of an unidentified woman standing next to a table with her left hand resting on a book.
* P48Half-length portrait of a seated unidentified old woman.
*P50 Snapshot of a church and cemetery, location unknown.
*997:0079:0058 Copy print of the title page of an edition of Kipling's Just So Stories with a dedication by the author.
* 997:0105:0627-06282 snapshots of a mountainside and a mountain village, locations unknown.
*997:0105:0629-0631 3 snapshots, glued to a single page, of various street scenes in the village of Burwash.
* 997:0105:0632-06343 snapshots of mountain scenery, identified (top to bottom) as: "Near the Cilician Gates Waterfall," "in the heart of the Taurus," and "snow on the Kara Dagh in Summer"; in the bottom picture are a man (Kipling?) and his driver in an early convertible car.
PH:LF:Albums:Kipling, R. 957:0098:0001-0031Small gray cardboard "Hawkeye Album" with 30 mounted items (14 photographic prints, 15 photographic postcards, and 1 photomechanical postcard, colored) and 1 photographic postcard laid in; hand lettered label adhered to cover: "R. Kipling. / 'Bateman's' Burwash. / Bodiam Castle. / Hurstmonceux [sic]. / Beachy Head / Sussex"; label adhered to inside of back cover printed "Captain V. Bateson / R.A.M.C." (14 negatives removed to Nitrate Vault.)
PH:LF:OV Box, LargeP5 3/4 left profile portrait of Kipling.
PH:LF:OV Box, LargeP6 Reproduction of drawing by Sir Philip Burne-Jones of Kipling seated at desk, writing; mounted facsimile signature below photograph.
PH:FC-01:DR-03P1 Glass negative for P1.
PH:FC-01:DR-03P7Glass negative of a painting of Kipling (bust 3/4 right profile).
PH:FC-01:DR-03P8Glass copy negative of P8.
PH:FC-01:DR-03 P9Glass copy negative of the group of children used for photocollage P8.
PH:FC-01:DR-03 P15-P16Glass negatives for P15-P16.
PH:FC-01:DR-03 P35-P37Glass negatives for P35-P37.
PH:FC-01:DR-03P42-P43 Glass negatives for P42-P43.
PH:FC-01:DR-03P49 Glass copy negative of a cabinet card portrait by J. Burke of an unidentified woman (no print available).
PH:FC-01:DR-03P52Glass copy negative of a photographic bust portrait of an unidentified woman (no print available).
PH:FC-01:DR-03P53 Glass copy negative of a photographic view of the front of Bateman's (no print available).
PH:FC-01:DR-03 P54Glass negative of a view through leafless trees of a river, a village behind, and a castle in the distance (no print available).
PH:FC-01:DR-03P55 Glass copy negative of a cabinet card full-length portrait by Bourne & Shepherd of 2 men, one seated and one standing (no print available).
PH:FC-01:DR-03P56 Glass copy negative of a carte-de-visite portrait by Lindley & Warren, dated 14 September 1866, of a woman holding a baby on her lap (Kipling and his mother?) (no print available).
PH:FC-01:DR-03 P57Glass negative of a statue of 2 men in top hats, carrying sacks, titled "Chancery Lane" (no print available).
NV:LF BoxesP20A-P20H 8 variant nitrate negatives of the gravestone of Rev. Joseph Kipling (no prints available).
NV:LF Boxes P21-P233 variant nitrate negatives of the gravestone of Rev. Joseph Kipling (no prints available).
NV:LF BoxesP24 1 nitrate negative of the grave of Joseph Kipling Rowling and his wife Hannah.
NV:LF Boxes P25-P273 variant nitrate negatives of a group of people, all badly out of focus (no prints available).
NV:LF BoxesP28 1 nitrate negative of a woman sitting on a bench next to a World War I memorial (no print available).
NV:LF Boxes P291 nitrate negative of a countryside church, location unknown (no print available).
NV:LF BoxesP30 1 nitrate negative of a stone country house, location unknown (no print available).
NV:LF Boxes P311 nitrate negative of the facade of Kipling's house, Bateman's.
NV:LF Boxes P321 nitrate negative of an iron fence (at Bateman's?) (no print available).
NV:LF BoxesP33A-P33B2 variant nitrate negatives of the gravestone of Jane Frances Kipling and Ruth Mary Kipling Dryden (no prints available).
NV:LF Boxes P58-P669 variant nitrate negatives of graves (no prints available).
NV:LF Boxes 957:0098:0003-0004, 0012-0022, 003214 nitrate negatives removed from album; same accession numbers correspond to photographic prints in album (negative 957:0098:0021 corresponds to prints 957:0098:0021 and 957:0098:0023; no print available for 957:0098:0032).


Index of Photographers

Bourne & Shepherd--P1
Bray & Son--P17
Commercial Graphic Co.--P13
Elliott & Fry--P3A
Haines, Reginald--P2


Rudyard Kipling Literary File Finding Aid
(Last modified: 11 February 2008)

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