John George Kelly

KELLY, John George (1825-1892) — London

Lithographer and draughtsman. Principal Military Draftsman to the Quarter Master General’s Office and subsequently to the Intelligence Department of the War Office. Produced Arthur Becher, Plan of Lahore and the surrounding country 1847; Arthur Wellesley Torrens, Military sketch of the town and harbour of Castries, St Lucia 1848 (with Louis John Hebert see BME 2011); Patrick Leonard MacDougall, The island of Guernsey 1848 (with Thomas Kippax King); Louis-Édouard Bouët-Willaumez, Westkust van Afrika 1848 (with King) Plan of the fortifications of Acre 1850; R. J. Pilkington, Simcoe District 1851; R. J. Pilkington, Chatham: plan of military reserves 1851; R. J. Pilkington, Port Maitland. Plan of the naval and military reserves 1851 and other similar plans; Military topographical map of the peninsula of the Crimea 1854 (with King); Military sketch of the south western part of the Crimea 1856 (with William James Kelly); Map shewing the inland water communications with the Yang-Tse-Kiang 1857 (with Kelly); Frederick Smith Vacher, Rough sketch of the country between Varna and Pravadi 1857; Ernest George Ravenstein, Map of Abyssinia. Illustrating the official record of the Abyssinian Expedition 1867-8 — the hills by James Ferguson; Khiva. Compiled & drawn by J. G. Kelly 1873; John Ross, Croquis des environs de Prepolac 1879; Map of Sierra Leone and neighbouring territories 1886, etc.

Born in Kent and baptised 9 Oct 1825 at St. Leonard, Hythe, the son of Richard Seymour Kelly, an Irish army quartermaster and later barrack-master at Hythe, and his wife Sarah Elizabeth Pawley, who had married in 1817. He was the elder brother of William James Kelly below, with whom he worked. He married (1) Ellen Woolley (d.1860) at Ulcombe, Kent, in 1855, and (2) the Irish-born Sarah Jane Kelly (d.1887) at St. Mark, Camden Town, 27 Jan 1862: the couple were living together with his widowed father, his brother, a sister and an aunt, as well as his two daughters at Gloucester Road in 1871. He had retired and become a widower for a second time by 1891 and died 25 Mar 1892. His estate was valued at £287.9s.

Lithographic Establishment, Quarter Master General’s Office, Horse Guards — 1847-1857
Topographical Depot of the War Office — 1867
— 85 Gloucester Road, Marylebone (home) — 1871
Intelligence Branch, Quarter Master General’s Department — 1879
— 17 Belmont Street, Marylebone (home) — 1881
— 121 Gloucester Road, St. Pancras (home) — 1891-1892
Census 1841-1851, 1871-1891. COPAC. Jewitt.

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