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From Newcastle-under-Lyme to New York – the Brampton Museum’s link with major new exhibition

Artwork from Newcastle’s Brampton Museum is to go on display at an international exhibition on John Lockwood Kipling, the father of renowned author, Rudyard Kipling.

John Lockwood Kipling worked in the Potteries, before finding fame as a museum curator and illustrator in India.

His designs can be seen on the façade of the Wedgwood Institute, Burslem, and he later illustrated stories, including the Jungle Book for his famous author and son.

Now two illustrations housed at the Brampton Museum have been borrowed by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, for a major new exhibition.

“Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London” will launch at the V&A in January, 2017, before moving to New York’s Bard Graduate Centre in April, 2017.

Cllr Amelia Rout, Cabinet member for leisure and  culture, said: “We have been asked to lend two illustrations by Lockwood Kipling to the V&A.

“They are two pencil, pen and ink pieces dating from 1860 which are described as designs for a vase and relate to his work in the Potteries.

“Exhibition curators have described the works as unique studies by Lockwood Kipling that draw a direct link with his training in the Staffordshire Potteries.”

Added Cllr Rout: “We were, of course, delighted to help and are pleased to see these pieces go on international display.”

A letter from the V& A states: “These pieces are integral to our exhibition offering an insight into his (Lockwood Kipling’s) approach to design, decoration and ornamentation at this formative time in his career.”

The V&A is known as the world’s leading museum of art and design, while the Bard Graduate Centre is a prominent institution in the US dedicated to design and the decorative arts.

John Lockwood Kipling was born in Pickering, North Yorkshire, in 1837. He moved to India in 1865 where Rudyard, who was named after the Staffordshire Moorlands’ village, was born. He died in 1911 at the age of 73.