Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
Property from a Private Collection Southern California
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
1879 - 1972
titled on an old label attached to the reverse
oil on canvas
canvas: 24⅞ by 14¼ in.; 63.1 by 36.1 cm
framed: 30⅛ by 19½ in.; 76.5 by 49.5 cm
The canvas is lined. The paint surface is stable and in good condition but somewhat soiled. Craquelure throughout the background, particularly at upper left. Under UV light, there are a few small retouches in the sitter's face, on either side of her nose and to her left eye, and in the background above her head and in the upper left corner.
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Gerald Festus Kelly (1879-1972) was one of the leading London society portraitists of his day. This may be one of his earliest portraits of an artist’s model whom he married in 1920. Her name was Lilian Ryan but Kelly gave her the sobriquet ‘Jane’ and painted her more than fifty times, exhibiting a portrait titled Jane every year at the Royal Academy, of which he served as President from 1949 to 1954. When Queen Mary was introduced to her, she exclaimed "Jane, of the many Janes!" such was the fame and familiarity of the portraits.