T00232 THE VICAR IN HIS STUDY 1912
Inscr. on wooden backing ‘The Vicar: my father in his study. G. Kelly.’
Canvas, 46×37 1/2 (117×95).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1959.
Exh: R.A., 1913 (403); R.A. Diploma Gallery, October–December 1957 (6); R.A., 1959 (61).
The portrait, painted in 1912, represents the artist's father, the Reverend Frederick Festus Kelly (1838–1918), who was Vicar of Camberwell 1880–1915. The artist wrote (12 December 1957): ‘Fairly early in my career as a painter I kept an engagement book and my father started the idea by putting down details about the achievement of each picture, and at the end of the year he amused himself by patiently entering every sitting and of course recording exhibitions.’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I