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Painting of Edward Kelly turns up at auction

Edward Kelly from the rare pictureA very rare painting of Dr John Dee’s magic partner Edward Kelley has just been sold at auction.  Measuring over 8ft wide (2.49m), it was painted on nine wooden boards and depicted the alchemist (1555-1597) it had been stored in a stable in Warwickshire and then a coachhouse in mid Wales for many years, it had previously sold at a public auction within the last ten years but then re-emerged at Mellors & Kirk's two-day auction on June 12-13.It is the only known painted image of Kelley. Simply cataloged as '17thcentury English School', and was not printed from real life,In fact it appears to have been based on a later woodcut image of Kelley