KELLY, Robert George Talbot

1861 - 1934

Robert George Talbot Kelly, sometime Talbot-Kelly, was born at Birkenhead, Cheshire on 18 January and baptised at St Anne, Birkenhead, on 23 July 1861, son of Irish landscape artist Robert George Kelly (1822-1910) and his wife Mary née Kirk, who married at St Patrick, Liverpool on 13 July 1855. He left Birkenhead School in 1876 to take up work in a firm of cotton traders, also being taught art by his father, exhibiting under the name R. G. Kelly Jnr. In the early 1880s, after a vacation on a cruise, Talbot-Kelly decided to take up art and leaving his employment in 1882, travelled by boat to North Africa and in 1883 settled into a studio in Cairo, Egypt becoming fluent in Arabic. He spent a considerable time with the Bedouin tribes whom he described and illustrated in his book, 'Egypt Painted and Described'(London 1902) and an exhibition of his Egyptian works was held at the Fine Art Society in the same year. Kelly also travelled to Iceland and to Burma, on which he wrote two books 'Burma Painted and Described' (1905) and 'Burma' (1909). He maintained a home in Birkenhead and a studio in Liverpool until 1902, when he returned to London and was recorded as living in the Borough of Hamptstead. An English orientalist landscape and genre painter, author and illustrator, and a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal British Colonial Society of Artists and the Royal Geographical Society and as R. Talbot Kelly exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1923 three pen & colour drawings, 'A Desert Trail', 'Karrak Morning' and 'The Early Bird' and gave his address in 1927 as 3 St Johns Wood Studios, Queen's Terrace, London NW5. He married Lillias Fisher Lindsay and their son was bird artist Richard Barrett Talbot Kelly (18961971), they also had a daughter. He was of 3 St Johns Wood Studios, Queens Terrace, St Johns Wood, when he died at the Cancer Hospital, Chelsea, London on 30 December 1934.

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