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Robert Talbot Kelly (1861-1934)

Robert Talbot Kelly was an English Orientalist landscape and genre painter, author and illustrator. Kelly was born in Cheshire, the son of Irish landscape artist Robert George Kelly. He left school to take up work in a firm of cotton traders, but was also taught art by his father. Talbot Kelly left his employment in 1882, travelled by boat to North Africa, and settled in Egypt, acquiring a studio in Cairo and becoming fluent in Arabic. He travelled throughout the country, writing about and painting the people and scenes he encountered both in towns and in the desert. He spent a considerable time with the Bedouin tribes who he described and illustrated in his 1902 book Egypt Painted and Described. He stayed in Egypt until 1915 when for reasons of health and age he returned to London - though he continued to paint constantly. Talbot Kelly worked mainly in watercolour and black and white. He was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI), Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), Royal British Colonial Society of Artists (RBC) and the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).

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