The Man Who Would be King, No 1

William STRANG (Scottish, b.1859, d.1921): Artist
Production date
Circa 1890
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From a series of thirty etchings illustrating subjects from the writings of Rudyard Kipling, in this case, the 1888 novella of the same name as the art work.
The novella is set in India and Kafiristan (now Afghanistan) and describes the adventures of two European travellers who attempted to become Kings of Kafiristan. Their plans failed; one was murdered and the other, Peachey Carnehan, was crucified between two pine trees. Carnehan survived the crucixion for a full day, which the Kafirs considered to be a miracle and set him free.
The image depicts Carnehan and the two pine trees. A group of Kafirs are gathered behind the trees; the dominant figure is wearing a turban and carrying a staff and appears to be accessing the condition of Carnehan. There are high alpine mountains in the background.
Etching on paper
Dimensions: 1 - Image: 153 x 162mm
Dimensions: 2 - Frame: 487 x 400mm
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Presented by Sir John Ilott in 1969
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