Percy Kelly Fellside, Caldbeck, Cumberland 1968

Percy Kelly

Display: 18 January - 1 April

It is said that Percy Kelly (1918-93) could hold a pencil before he could walk. Born in Workington, Cumbria, Kelly began his career as a postman, occasionally drawing on the letters he had to deliver. He drew everyday and on anything he could find - plastic plates, the back of cereal packets and envelopes to name only a few of his outputs. Over his career he amassed a vast body of work and his Norfolk cottage was stuffed with his drawings, Kelly preferring to live in poverty than to sell any of his work.

This display brings together his exquisite artwork alongside his distinctive illustrated letters from the Lakeland Arts Trust collection.

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  • Percy Kelly Fellside, Caldbeck, Cumberland 1968