(The cupboard of the Parlour)In the Parlour I also saw several portraits of Rudyard Kipling which I found very interesting. Until this point of my visit I had never seen an image of Kipling.
(the portraits of Rudyard Kipling)To the right side of the Inner Hall is Elsie’s sitting room that was used for Kipling’s children to have their lessons under the directions of a governess. When Elsie, his younger daughter, became sixteen it was made into her sitting room.
There is an exit to garden from the Inner Hall, and a staircase leading to the first floor. Stepping up I saw a portrait of Kipling on the stairs, which was painted by John Collier in 1900 shortly after losing his oldest daughter.
First I went into Kipling’s Study. This room was his principal work space. I was surprised to see how small it was. I always imagined a Nobel Literature Prize winner required much larger space in which to be creative. There I saw his book collection: the classics of English literature and 500 volumes of India; large selections on the Navy and the Empire; books on beekeeping, angling, rural England and rat catching, etc.