Sir Gerald Festus Kelly (British, 1879-1972) Ma Si Gway IX 101 x 81 cm. (39 3/4 x 32 in.)

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Lot 108
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly
(British, 1879-1972)
Ma Si Gway IX 101 x 81 cm. (39 3/4 x 32 in.)

Sold for £ 35,608 (US$ 49,174) inc. premium
Sir Gerald Festus Kelly (British, 1879-1972)
Ma Si Gway IX
oil on canvas
101 x 81 cm. (39 3/4 x 32 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    with The Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts
    with The Fine Art Society, London, December 1975
    with Stacy-Marks, Sussex
    The Estate of Lady Kelly

    Kelly's portraits of Oriental dancers were at one time among the most popular of all popular prints. He first painted them early in his career, when he spent a period in 1908-9 in Mandalay in Burma, apparently to recover from an unhappy love affair. Kelly returned to Burma and Cambodia in the 1930s to paint further models. Kelly was self taught, but was close to French and British painters in Paris early in the century. He became a successful portrait painter, and was President of the Royal Academy from 1949 to 1954.
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