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Sir Gerald Festus Kelly (1879-1972)

Painter in oil of portraits and landscapes. Born in London, he was educated at Cambridge University, later living and studying art in Paris. Whistler was an early influence. Kelly was an enthusiastic traveler, visiting among other countries Spain, America, South Africa and Burma, where he painted some of his most characteristic and charming figure studies. He became known as a sound academic painter of attractive children and elegant women. His sitters included Somerset Maugham, whom he painted several times, and he undertook numerous state portraits. Kelly is represented in many public collections, including the Tate Gallery, which holds seven works. He had retrospective exhibitions at the Leicester Galleries in 1950 and in 1957 at the RA. He was elected RA in 1930, was the Academy's keeper 1943-45 and President, 1949-54. Kelly held a number of official positions, such as his membership of the Royal Fine Arts Commission, 1938-43, and was knighted in 1945. Between 1909 and 1970 Kelly exhibited over 300 works at the RA. During his lifetime his work became well known through popular prints. Since his death however - and in spite of his technical brilliance and colourful, wide-ranging subject matter - his reputation has stagnated. The artist John Napper worked as his assistant.

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Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: The Oval, circa 1905
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
The Oval, circa 1905  For sale
£3900
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Girl, (Market) Tanngdivingyi, 25th Nov. 1908
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Girl, (Market) Tanngdivingyi, 25th...  For sale
£600
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Palace Mandalay, 1909
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Palace Mandalay, 1909  For sale
£3850
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Neac Thul V, Cambodian Dancer, circa 1936
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Neac Thul V  For sale
£13200
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Ma Seyne Me Pose, circa 1909
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Ma Seyne Me Pose, circa 1909  For sale
£12650
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Nan Twin Ah Phyo Taw Yein, Singing, 1909
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Nan Twin Ah Phyo Taw Yein  For sale 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Calais, 1906
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Calais, 1906  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Studio portrait with a pink chrysanthemum
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Studio portrait with a pink...  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Sweet Williams, circa 1940
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Sweet Williams, circa 1940  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Still Life with Anenomes, circa 1930
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Still Life with Anenomes, circa 1930  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Seated nude, with knees raised and head resting on hands, circa 1910
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Seated nude  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Dancer, circa 1908
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Dancer, circa 1908  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Moulmein, Mango-Tree on pagoda platform, April 4 1909
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Moulmein  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Pagoda Festival, 23rd Feb 1909
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Pagoda Festival, 23rd Feb 1909  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Sibyl Meugens 1903
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Sibyl Meugens 1903  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Portrait of Jane XIX
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Portrait of Jane XIX  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: River Bank Pakokku, 9 February 1909
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
River Bank Pakokku, 9 February 1909  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Another Yein, 1909
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Another Yein, 1909  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Street scene: possibly the Isle-de-France, 1919
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Street scene: possibly the...  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Ma Si Gyaw, pose III, circa 1909
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Ma Si Gyaw, pose III, circa 1909  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Mandalay Moat XIII, circa 1908
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Mandalay Moat XIII, circa 1908  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Mandalay Moat IX, circa 1908
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Mandalay Moat IX, circa 1908  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: Ma Si Gyaw, Pose II, January 1920
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Ma Si Gyaw, Pose II, January 1920  Sold 
Artist Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: The Tour St. Jacques, Paris, circa 1901
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
The Tour St. Jacques, Paris, circa 1901  Sold