KELLY John David
Born in Gore’s Landing Ontario, He studied at the Ontario School of Art under Marmaduke Matthews and John Fraser (1882). He worked as an illustrator for Grip Limited (1882-1885) and Toronto Lithographing Co. (!884 – 1956). He travelled and painted in Bermuda, Lake Nipissing in Ontario, Manitoba (1885). Europe (1886), and across Canada (1911, 1929). He is best known for his detail and accurate historical works like the “Gallery of Canadian History” and “Fathers of Confederation”. He was a charter member of the Art Students’ League of Toronto and a founding member of the Graphic Arts Club. His work is in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Collector’s Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction, vol. 2, G-L. Ed., Anthony R. Westbridge & Diana L. Bodnar. Westbridge Publications Ltd, 2000: 89-90.