Portrait of Jane with a white shawl XXVII signed 'Kelly' (lower right) oil on canvas 113 x 87 cm. (44 1/2 x 34 1/4 in.)
PROVENANCE: Sale; The Contents of The Studio of the Late Sir Gerald Kelly; Christie's, London, 8 February 1980, lot 151, where purchased by the father of the present owner
EXHIBITED: London, Royal Academy, The One Hundredth and Fifty-Ninth Exhibition (Summer Exhibition) 2 May - 6 August 1927, no.332 Hull, Ferens Art Gallery, 1928 Bradford, Bradford City Art Gallery and Museum, Cartwright Hall, 1929 Brussels, Irish Art Exhibition, 1930 Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, 1933 Poole, Poole & East Dorset Art Society, 1934 Dublin, 1935 Bristol, Bristol City Art Gallery, 1935 Glasgow, Glasgow Art Gallery & Museum, 1940 The Royal Academy Diploma Galleries, Sir Gerald Kelly P.R.A. Retrospective Exhibition 1957, no.262 Glasgow, Glasgow Art Gallery & Museum, 1957-8, no.34 Art Exhibitions Bureau traveling exhibition, 1958-61
Kelly first met Lilian Ryan in 1916 when she was working as an artist's model, and the two were married four years later. Affectionately nicknamed Jane, Kelly went on to depict his wife in over fifty portraits and sketches throughout his career, titling them with roman numerals for the date that the work was first exhibited at the Royal Academy.