Ewbank's To Sell Unique Rudyard Kipling Archive A unique family collection of Rudyard Kipling letters, photographs and personal items, some of them belonging to the author's troubled 'forgotten sister' is to be sold by Ewbank's on June 26
published', inscribed to Alice Fleming (her married name) from "Linda". It is estimated at £200-300. It has been suggested that Trix's interest in fortune telling may have led in part to her unsettled mind.
According to Mary Hamer, author of "Kipling & Trix", published in 2012, Trix experimented with "automatic writing", an activity associated with spiritualism. She writes: "Trix would sit at her desk, pencil in hand, notebook at the ready, and wait. Her hand, she reported to friends, would start moving of its own volition, scribbling over the page".
She subsequently sent copies of the messages back to the Society for Psychical Research in London, where they were taken extremely seriously. Her "spirit-writings" were collected as part of a group experiment, known as the "cross-correspondences". Under the pseudonym of 'Mrs. Holland' she became a celebrated spiritualist medium.
"Rudyard warned his sister to keep clear of spirit writing, well aware that it had been known to cause breakdowns. But it was too important to her. She persisted. And duly broke down, in 1898 and again for a long period starting in 1911, when her mother died," Mary Hamer writes.
Living later in Edinburgh, she would make visits to the zoo there, making her way from cage to cage, talking to the animals in the Hindustani language she learned as a young child. Her notebook filled with the words and phrases she used is estimated at £100-200.
Trix's heart-shaped silver brooch inlaid with green and clear paste stones, passed down to her by her mother, is accompanied by a note in Trix's hand giving it to the Macdonald sisters It is estimated at £30-50.
Other, more valuable, jewellery in the archive may have either belonged to Trix or was bequeathed to her,but this cannot be confirmed. Diamond rings of three and five stones are estimated respectively at £1,000-1,500 and £800-1,200, while a Victorian diamond flower brooch has retained its original retailer's box, which is marked Carter's of Bombay and Poona. This was almost certainly owned originally by Trix's mother and is estimated at £600-800.
John Lockwood Kipling was himself an accomplished artist, illustrating many of his son, Rudyard's books. The archive includes a panel, hand-painted by Lockwood Kipling depicting a vase of flowers and birds among scrolling foliage. It is referred to on Page 383 of 'Trix, Kipling's Forgotten Sister' by Lorna Lee, the caption reading: "The decorative panel (varnished paper) by Lockwood which Trix used as a firescreen. Trix always wanted this and it was collected from "The Gables" at Tisbury by Jack Fleming (Trix's husband ) after Lockwood's death." It must subsequently have passed to Helen MacDonald when Trix died and is estimated at £100-200.
Two pen and ink drawings by Lockwood Kipling titled respectively 'The Ruby Prince' showing a man surrounded by cobras, signed with initials, the other 'The Snake Woman', each measuring 7" x 4.5", are together estimated at £50-100.
A hand-decorated and written menu in pen and wash celebrating Rudyard Kipling's 25th birthday on December 30