Annie Elizabeth Kelly
Annie Elizabeth Kelly (nee Abbott) was born in 1877. She was a professional artist based in Christchurch with her husband Cecil Kelly, where both were teachers at the School of Art. Prior to her marriage she exhibited with the Canterbury Society of Arts 1899—1900 and 1904—1908, in between which time she went to Europe to study.
From 1920 to 1922 Kelly worked at Cornwall and in London and Paris. She exhibited at the Royal Academy and Paris Salon, and was noted particualarly for her portrait work. Following the war, she was commissioned to paint a portrait of a First World War Victoria Cross recipient.
Kelly died in 1946.