I will mention the Spanish leather with which the walls of the dinning room were hung, and the pictures done by Kipling's father in the clay for Kim, which hung all along the dark old pannels of the staircase.

This was written by Lord Dunsany about Bateman's.
I don't understand the meaning of "in the clay for Kim"
I am glad if some one would kindly teach me.

  • Was Kipling's father alive at the time of writing? Could it mean that his father was buried and so "in the clay?"
    – puppetsock
    Sep 17, 2018 at 2:25
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    @puppetsock No - the 'pictures' are ceramic bas-reliefs, thus 'done in the clay'. Sep 17, 2018 at 2:39
  • @StoneyB Thank so much as usual! It is a great help for me! Sep 17, 2018 at 4:34

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Rudyard Kipling's father, John Lockwood Kipling, was an artist and art teacher, and curator of the museum in Lahore which RK celebrated as the "Wonder House" in his novel Kim. In addition to illustrating printed editions of several of his son's works, JLK also created a number of illustrative bas-reliefs in ceramic for RK himself. It is these ceramics that Lord Dunsany refers to.

Here's an example, "On the Road" illustrating Kim:

On the Road, John Lockwood Kipling source: Wikiwand

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