1925 – Rev. A.H. Sayce

Scope and Content

Two newspaper cuttings concerning the controversy around the use of Rudyard Kipling's "East is East and West is West" couplet by Lord Birkenhead at the presentation of the Triennial Gold Medal to Rev. A.H. Sayce. These are:

  • 'Kipling's Distich." Lord Birkenhead on East and West' from The Times of India, 1 June 1925.
  • 'Indian Affairs at Home. Reading-Birkenhead Discussions' from The Englishman, 5 June 1925.

Administrative / Biographical History

Archibald Henry Sayce was born in Bristol in 1845. He was privately tutored before attending Queen's College, Oxford, becoming a fellow in 1869. His interests were in Assyriology and he became a pioneer in its studies, publishing many articles and undertaking translations of cuneiform inscriptions. Sayce held a chair as Professor of Assyriology at the University of Oxford from 1891 to 1919.

Related Material

In the Council Minutes for 10 February 1925, it was recorded that Dr A.E. Cowley, Dr R.A. Nicholson and Dr F.W. Thomas were nominated and accepted as the members of the Gold Medal Committee. In the Minutes for 10 March 1925, the Medal Committee, unanimously recommended Rev. A.H. Sayce for his important contribution to cuneiform studies. This was accepted by the Council. In the Minutes for 21 April 1925, it was agreed to present the Gold Medal at the Anniversary Meeting on 12 May.

In the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 1925 (3), p. 588-595, there is a report on the Presentation of the Triennial Gold Medal as part of the Anniversary Meeting of the Society.