On the Road, by John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911). Photographed plaster relief with ornamented frame. Illustration for Rudyard Kipling's Kim, facing p. 92. This shows the scene on the Great Trunk Road, and is the only one of the illustrations which has needed to be placed sideways in the book. There is Kim on the right, munching on some sugar-cane, with the stooped Lama behind him, and close behind the pair a rather fine bullock-cart driven by the elderly widow who has been kind to them, accompanied by her attendants on foot. As Elizabeth James says so aptly, here as elsewhere, "[e]very detail is taken from the text" yet this "specificity melts into a composition of naturalism and archetype" (388).

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James, Elizabeth. "Kipling and Book Illustration." In John Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London, ed. Julius Bryant and Susan Weber. New York: Bard Graduate Centre Gallery; New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2017. 361-399.

Kipling, Rudyard. Kim. New York: Doubleday, 1901. Internet Archive. Contributed by the New York Public Library. Web. 23 January 2017.

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