A Watercolor that is Certainly Smug

Smug Dragon

The title of this watercolor is humorous to say the least. Richard Barrett Talbot Kelly’s ‘The Smug Dragon’ is a depiction of a wingless dragon slumped over a log with its limbs splayed out to the sides. Its smugness radiates throughout the watercolor especially while making eye contact with the viewer acting as if it did not care who comes upon it while it rests by the pool of water.

Richard Barrett Talbot Kelly was the son of Robert George Talbot Kelly, who was an English orientalist genre painter, illustrator, and author.


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