Artist biography

Sir Gerald KELLY b. 1879

Portrait and landscape painter. Born 9 April 1879 in London. Educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Studied and continued to live for some years in Paris, influenced by Whistler. Visited Burma, Spain, South Africa, America, etc. Exhibited at the Salon d'Automne, Paris (Sociétaire 1904), at the R.A. from 1909, and at the Grafton Galleries, Grosvenor Gallery, International Society, etc. Founder-member of the Modern Portrait Painters Society 1907, and of the National Portrait Society 1910. A.R.A. 1922, R.A. 1930; Keeper of the R.A. 1943–5; member of the Royal Fine Arts Commission 1938–43; P.R.A. 1949–54. Knighted 1945. Received many foreign distinctions. Retrospective exhibitions at the Leicester Galleries 1950 and the R.A. Diploma Gallery 1957.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I