Artist: Robert George Kelly

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Residence in Dumfries & Galloway:

at 1851 census living with parents, Stoneykirk Road, Stranraer


Educated at a private school in Stranraer. Art studies at Royal Dublin Society and Royal Hibernian Academy.

Exhibited At:

Royal Academy; British Institution, Royal Hibernian Academy


A Dictionary of Irish Artists, W G Strickland, Shannon, 1969.


Father of RGT Kelly, grandfather of RB Talbot-Kelly and great grandfather of Chloe Talbot Kelly.  Exhibited a Kirkcudbright Landscape at the RA from an address in London.

His View of Gatehouse is in the Stewartry Museum and his View of Sandhead in the Stranraer Museum

"In his early years he painted much in Scotland, chiefly in Galloway and did a number of portraits of Lord Galloway and his family as well as of other local personages" W G Strickland (see bibliography). Married Mary daughter of Peter Walker of Stranraer.

His best known work  A Tear and a Prayer for Erin, depicting an eviction during the Irish famine was criticised in the House of Commons.

Kelly married Mary Walker, third daughter of Peter Walker, 12/4/1853 in Stranraer and shortly after moved to Manchester,then Kent, before settling in Birkenhead.