Paintings with some interesting things going on by New Zealand born creative type Felix Runcie Kelly (1914-1994). Kelly also did graphic, stage, and interior design. He lived for most of his life in Great Britain.

 White house painted from the garden. 20th c. Oil on board laid to board. Signed “Felix Kelly” on the lower right. © Estate of the artist. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26492/lot/213/?category=list&length=452&page=1
“Steamer.” 1946. Print. © Estate of the artist. Image © Tate Galleries. Fair use license. via https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/felix-kelly-1392
“Path to the River Steamer.” 20th c. Oil on board. © Estate of the artist. Collections of and image © Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/path-to-the-river-steamer-107212
“New Zealand River Scene.” 1962. Oil. © Estate of the artist. Image © Radio New Zealand 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/galleries/twiss-and-kelly

Victorian flowers, lithographic plates from “A monograph of the genus Lilium.” Written by John Henry Elwes and illustrated by W. H. Fitch, it was published in London in 1877.

“Lilith Philippenense.” Page 32. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000795721/page/n31/mode/2up
“Lilium Hanson.” Page 34. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000795721/page/n33/mode/2up
“Lilium Pomponium.” Page 39. Collections of and digitalized by the Missouri Botanical Gardens. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/mobot31753000795721/page/n37/mode/2up

Some of the first images of tropical fish published in London. Taken from John Whitchurch Bennett’s 1830 work “A selection from the most remarkable and interesting of the fishes found on the coast of Ceylon.” These plates are from the 1834 edition.

“Scorpaena Volitans or Gini Maha.” Page 16. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/selectionfrommo00benn/page/n15/mode/2up
“Acanthurus Vittatus or Seweyah.” Page 19. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/selectionfrommo00benn/page/n19/mode/2up
“Gomphosus Fuscus or Koppara Girawah.” Page 23. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/selectionfrommo00benn/page/n23/mode/2up
“Holocentrus Ruber or Ratoo Pahayah.” Page 27. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/selectionfrommo00benn/page/n27/mode/2up

Animals to make your dinner table resemble a sterling silver zoo. Novelty silver made by James Barclay Hennell who was a son of Robert Hennell who started the London firm Robert Hennell & Sons. Robert Hennell & Sons was in existence before 1851. It was sold in 1887. Two claret jugs and a smoker’s companion for when the gentlemen light their cigars.

Claret jug modeled as a bear with removeable head. 1876. English. Silver. Image © http://www.karaffensammler.at. Fair use license. via http://www.karaffensammler.at/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=5970
Claret jug formed as a kneeling performing elephant with a hinged head forming the cover. Originally it would have had tusks. 1881. English. Silver. Image © Metropress Ltd, (t/a Auction Technology Group) 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/print-edition/2020/january/2425/feature/performing-elephant-silver-novelty-sells-well-above-predictions/
Toad-form smoker’s conpanion modeled as an elegant toad carrying a cane and top hat. 1885. Victorian. Silver. Maker’s marks on base and head. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2016/collections-silver-vertu-ceramics-russian-works-of-art-n09491/lot.180.html

Watercolors of the Church of Saint Mary, Bletchingley, Surrey, England. John Hassell, watercolorist. Living from around 1767 to 1825, he also taught drawing. Exhibited at the Society of British artists. Collections of the Surrey History Centre.

“Communion table and redodos in church.” ca. 1828. English. Surrey History Centre Reference #8291/17. Image © 2018 Exploring Surrey’s Past. Fair use license. via https://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/collections/getrecord/SHCOL_8291_1_1_1_17
Interior of church with box pews and three decker pulpit“. 1825. English. Surrey History Centre Reference #8291/17. Image © 2018 Exploring Surrey’s Past. Fair use license. via https://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/wp-content/plugins/ol-fancybox/showimage.php?image=http://cdn.collectionsbase.org.uk/SHCOL/8000plus/8291_07.jpg
“Piscina in the south chapel of church.” 1825. English. Surrey History Center Reference
8291/10. Image © 2018 Exploring Surrey’s Past. Fair use license. via https://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/collections/getrecord/SHCOL_8291_1_1_1_10

Lions and firedogs in gilt bronze. Regency, early 19th century. All after designs by Thomas Hope who lived from 1769 to 1831.

Pair of gilt bronze firedogs, used as decoration to enhance the visual aesthetics of the hearth. They were placed one to each side of the fireplace opening so are not andirons. ca. 1803. English, Gilt bronze. Attributed to Thomas Hope. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/building-garden/fireplaces-mantels/pair-of-gilt-bronze-regency-firedogs-thomas-hope-attributed-england-circa-1803/id-f_10158433/
Settee. ca. 1802. English. Bronzed and gilded beech, with restoration, and bronze mounts. After a design by Thomas Hope. The Trustees of the Faringdon Collection, Buscot Park, Oxfordshire and the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture. Bruce White, photographer. Image © College Art Association. Fair use license. via http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/1310#.X6viGmhKjqU
Gilt-brass jardiniere with a circular top , the frieze set with four lion mask and ring “handles” interspersed with anthemion motif mounts. (lions head detail). 1800-1825. Regency. Gilt-brass and cast brass. English. Closely based on a design by Thomas Hope taken from “Household Furniture and Interior Decoration,” Plate XIX, Number 1. Image © 1995-2020, Carlton Hobbs LLC,. Fair use license. via http://carltonhobbs.com/portfolio-items/11233-a-large-regency-gilt-brass-jardiniere-stand-closely-based-on-a-design-by-thomas-hope/#jp-carousel-7681

Posters from the golden age of passenger steamships. From the United States National Archives.

“Cunard Line: “Carpathia,” Slavonia”, Pannoma”, and the “Ultonia.” New York, Mediterranean, Adriatic.” 1906-1913. National Archives Identifier: 80625782  Local Identifier: 85-P-1 . Collections of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization. Image © United States National Archives. Fair use license. via https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q=:&f.parentNaId=75509884&f.level=item&sort=naIdSort%20asc
Norddeutscher Lloyd, di Brema, Vapori celerissimi.” ca. 1906-1913. National Archives Identifier: 102251868  Local Identifier: 85-P-5 .Collections of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization. Image © United States National Archives. Fair use license. via https://catalog.archives.gov/id/102251868
“Lloyd Italiano società di navigazione. sede principale in Genova and sede principale in Napoli.” Depiction of a passenger ship at sea. 1906-1913. National Archives Identifier: 102252004  Local Identifier: 85-P-12. Collections of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization. Image © United States National Archives. Fair use license. via https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q=:&f.parentNaId=75509884&f.level=item&sort=naIdSort%20asc
“La Veloce: navigazione Italiana a Vapore, Vapori celeri postali per le Americhe.” ca. 1906. National Archives Identifier: 102251899  Local Identifier: 85-P-10. Collections of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization. Image © United States National Archives. Fair use license. via https://catalog.archives.gov/id/102251899

Images of a fantasy past from a little bit back. English. Joseph Edward Southall, artist. Living from 1861 to 1944, he is associated with the Arts and Crafts movement.

“Belgium Supported by Hope.” 1918. English. Tempera on canvas. Inscribed “EJS 1918” on the bottom right, and “COLOUR BEGUN VIII 1918” on the canvas turnover and “Marian E. Longford/Christmas 1918/HGL With Love” on the reverse. Collections of the Tate Galleries, London. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/southall-belgium-supported-by-hope-t03699
“Cinderella.” 1893-1895. Watercolor on paper laid on card. Inscribed “JES 1893-1895” on the bottom left. Collections of the Tate Galleries. Cco License 3.0. via https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/southall-cinderella-t01930
“Changing the Letter.” 1908-1909. English. Tempera on canvas. Collections of the Birmingham Museums Trust. Cc0 License 0. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/changing-the-letter-33867

Gardens in spring or summer to make you smile in a January snow. English. Beatrice Parsons, watercolorist. Living from 1870 to 1955, she studied at the Royal Academy Schools. Queen Mary owned 30 of her watercolors.

“Gladioli and Agapanthus.” Plate 4 from the book “Beautiful Flowers and How to Grow Them” which was published in Edinburgh in 1922. 1922. British. Image source biodiversitylibrary.org. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gladioli_and_Agapanthus_by_Beatrice_Emma_Parsons.jpg
“The Summer Garden.” Undated. Signed on the lower right. Private collection. Image © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://scontent.fnyc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/s960x960/10551592_1568153450136205_9208930456188176400_o.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=2&_nc_sid=e007fa&_nc_ohc=z30fbnvpvKAAX_8Kdmc&_nc_ht=scontent.fnyc1-1.fna&tp=7&oh=72a6c1ecf74514a7616f47084e3fff34&oe=5FCF8C82
“Our Lady’s Flowers.” Undated. English. Image © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://thegardenstrust.blog/2014/11/08/beatrice-parsons-queen-of-the-blazing-border/

Women and children painted by English artist Edward John Cobbett. Living from 1815 to 1899, he worked in watercolors and oils. Exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1833 to 1880.

“Making Friends.” 1861. English. Signed E. J. Cobbett and dated 1861 on the lower right. In the public domain due to age. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/making-friends-edward-john-cobbett.html
“The Fisherman’s Family.” 1865. Oil on camvas. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/edward-john-cobbett/the-fishermans-family-zBLye9FgvCgaGWflAEjwIg2
“Young Girls by a Spring.” Undated. English. Oil on canvas. Signed E J Cobbett on the lower left. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26021/lot/6/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“Mother and child at the spring.” Undated. In the public domain due to age. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/mother-and-child-at-the-spring-edward-john-cobbett.html