Art: Measles

Sir Gerald Kelly, the 71-year-old president of London's Royal Academy, takes a modest view of the portraits that have brought him fame. Besides paintings of the King & Queen, he has done scores of his wife Jane, eleven of his good friend Somerset Maugham. They are all fine likenesses, and that is their one strength. "I am," he says mildly, "a sort of reliable family solicitor; I turn out a good sound job of work."

When it comes to appraising fellow painters, Kelly is equally plain. Last week he was back in London from jury duty at Pittsburgh's Carnegie International Show (TIME,...

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