Marriage Portrait R J Kelly, 1905 ; Unknown; 1905; 2009.006

Name/Title

Marriage Portrait R J Kelly, 1905

About this object

Richard J. Kelly was a cavalryman, a colonial "roughrider" who fought with the New Zealand troops in the Boer War. He came from Taumarunui to Southland and would probably have gone as part of the Southland/Otago contingent of the Otago Mounted Rifles, soldiers renowned for their gallantry and fighting skills, to the South African conflict. During this time Kelly sustained a wound -- shot in the hand, which he is hiding in this portrait.

The formal poses and bridal bouquet identify this as a marriage portrait, which was take in 1905, the time of Kelly's marriage to Julia Francis. An ambrotype on glass, by an unknown photographer, it has been carefully hand-coloured, and is unusually large in size.

Julia Francis was the daughter of a Southland sheep station holder. Richard and Julia Kelly brought up a family of three children.

Maker

Unknown

Date Made

1905

Medium and Materials

Hand coloured silver gelatin print (print from Ambrotype on glass?)

Measurements

Image 360 x 286
Frame 640 x 540

Subject and Association Description

Kelly, Richard J
Marriage Portrait with Julie Francis

Credit Line

NZPG

Object number

2009.006

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

Tags
1900s
marriage
photograph

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