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F M Kelly In Costume

Randolph Schwabe (1885-1948)


Signed with initials
Inscribed with title on reverse

Pen and ink

17 ½ x 9 ¾ inches

The Estate of Randolph Schwabe

'Randolph Schwabe. Artist, Teacher, Diarist', 9-27 February 2016

Francis Michael Kelly (1879-1945) was a leading authority on costume and armour. He studied at the Slade, as a contemporary of Schwabe, and they shared many common interests and had a mutual regard. They collaborated on a number of books including historic costume: a chronicle of fashion in Western urope, 1490-1790 (1925) and the two volume a short history of costume and armour, chiefly in England (1931), with schwabe supplying the illustrations. both revelled in the research such practical and authoritative books necessitated. Kelly in a letter to Schwabe in December 1930 informed him that the ‘second edition of our old K & S is selling … like hot cakes …we’ve had a topping press’. according to Kelly in his preface to his book Shakespearian Costume for Stage and Screen (1938) ‘the talent of my friend’ Schwabe is shown by the illustrations. (with thanks to Gill Clarke for the note.)

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