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On the Road to Kilmacrennan

© The Estate of Frank McKelvey. All rights reserved. DACS 2019. Photo credit: Queen's University Belfast

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The painting shows gypsy caravans rounding the bend of a road in a mountainous landscape, under an overcast and moisture-laden sky. The leading caravan, an interesting genre detail in an almost empty landscape, helps link the more detailed foreground and middle distance with the sketchily-painted mountain range in the background. The painting has a lush quality; by the mid-1930s, McKelvey’s style had become more fluent and less precise, traits which are evident here in bold brushwork and fully laden brush.

Queen's University Belfast





oil on canvas


H 71 x W 91.5 cm

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QUB 50

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Frank McKelvey


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