After more than four years, I have to admit that Quad Royal rambles on a bit. One day I must make some kind of attempt to index it or at least make it easier for the casual visitor to find their way around.
But the advantage of there being so much back catalogue is that, every so often, Google brings in an unexpected visitor and I discover something new. Which is what happened recently on a perfectly workaday post about a long-since-departed railwayana auction.
I was writing about these posters.
They weren’t even in the auction but I do love them so and would still very much like to own them, but I digress.
Almost exactly three years after I wrote the piece, this appeared in the comments.
The Sunny Chesire posters were not done by Felix Kelly but rather Kenneth Roy Kelly MBE, my grandfather. I have the original artwork hanging on my wall. He also did TWA advertisements as well as designing the Popsicle logo.
This surprised me quite a bit, because these two posters are ascribed to on the NMSI database (which I use because it works better than the NRM one, but I’ve gone on about that before now and may well do again some day). But then when I looked a bit closer, the attribution did look a bit suspect, because this is the only other poster down as being his work.
You’d be hard pressed to claim it as related in any way.
And in fact when I read the NRM blurb very carefully, the maker may be down as ‘Felix Kelly’ but the description says it is by ‘Ken Kelly’. So we are all very confused.
Google knows very little about Kenneth Roy Kelly, except that he got his MBE for services to defence heritage. And there’s a fantasy artist called Ken Kelly so that’s any more detailed searches on the subject doomed.
Nonetheless, between the Quad Royal archives and the magic powers of Google, we have added very slightly to the sum total of human knowledge. And I’ve written back to Roy Kelly’s grandfather to see if we can have a look at some photos of that original artwork and then perhaps I will be able to tell you even more.