Frederick Septimus Kelly
Frederick Septimus Kelly
after John Singer Sargent
photographic reproduction, 1915-1930 (1915)
22 in. x 17 1/4 in. (558 mm x 438 mm) paper size
Given by Lady Kelly, 1930
Sitterback to top
- Frederick Septimus Kelly (1881-1916), Composer and rower; Olympian. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Portrait and landscape painter and muralist. Artist associated with 72 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Produced in the year before the composer’s death, John Singer Sargent's portrait conveys Kelly's vitality in the depiction of his sturdy neck and chiselled, determined features. A prolific and celebrated painter and muralist, renowned for his portraits of Edwardian society, Sargent travelled to the Western Front as an official war artist in 1918.
Events of 1915back to top
Current affairsThe Times Newspaper reports that Britain's Army is suffering from a lack of Ammunition Shells, pointing the finger of blame at the Liberal government. The Shell Scandal forced Asquith to form a new coalition government, bringing Conservatives into the cabinet and demonstrating the need to gear the whole country's economy towards the war effort.
Art and scienceAs the threat from aerial attack increased, the decision was made to protect the national art collections by storing them in basements or in locations outside London. On 15th October the National Portrait Gallery under the directorship of Sir Charles John Holmes closed its doors to the public and removed paintings from the walls.
InternationalStalemate ensues on the Western Front and trench warfare begins as both sides take up defensive positions. While offensive strategies become futile, serious loss of life occurs with the first deployment of tanks and the use of poison gas.
Albert Einstein publishes his General Theory of Relativity, a model of gravitation and cosmology.
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