Kim in art
I have my own mental image of Kim. A Google image search did not yield pleasing results. I've ordered these are from awful to good.
Did the publisher not read the book before choosing a cover illustration? Kim has a white chest, that's how Bennet and Father Victor know he's a sahib. This is a plot point, and illustrative his dual nature. This is a clumsy cover.
This is only second because it's a children's comic version and deserves a bit of leeway, but I really dislike the style. It shows Kim as an action hero but he's not, he's a verbal and social hero. This makes the empty street seem strange.
Is this the right hat on the lama? It is supposed to be "a sort of tam-o-shanter", and I don't think he's "wrinkled" enough. At least this shows the artist had some knowledge of the text, even if this is only evidence they read the first few pages. This is of course Kim astride Zam Zammah, the great gun. Seeing this image again I realise this is fore-shadowing Kim's involvement in the war. It's an appropriate choice for the cover.
This bas-relief shows Kim with a scribe from the bazaar. This is a good choice of subject because Kim writing letters from barracks to his native friends was illustrative of his independence from the sahib world, something that made him enigmatic and different, and is exciting for a reader. And of course Kim is squatting, which Kipling often mentions him doing. I do not know what style clothes these are supposed to be, European or Indian, but knowing this might help pin-point the exact scene this is taken from.
This is Kim for me. The deep shadows of a bright Indian day, the white of the garb, his young jaw-line and his dark, adult eyes looking out. This is my Kim. I would have a print of this on my wall.