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The Last Man

Photo credit: Williamson Art Gallery & Museum

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Robert George Kelly came to Birkenhead from Ireland and maintained a career as a teacher and portrait painter. He was father to Robert George Talbot Kelly. This is a mythical poetical scene showing the end of the world from the poem by Thomas Campbell: 'The Sun's eye had a sickly glare,/ The Earth with age was wan,/ And skeletons of nations were/ Around that lonely man.'

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum

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oil on canvas


H 104.1 x W 154.9 cm

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gift from the artist, 1903

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