John B. Kelly (1965)

by Harry Rosin (1897 - 1973)

Photo Caption: Photo Ashley Lippolis © 2016 for the Association for Public Art
East Fairmount Park, Kelly Drive near Growing Grandstand
1965

  • Title

    John B. Kelly

  • Artist

    Harry Rosin (1897 - 1973)

  • Year

    1965; installed 1967

  • Medium

    Bronze, on granite base

  • Dimensions

    Height 4’9”, width 3'3", depth 3'2" (base height 5’1″, width 5'1", depth 5')

Gift of private citizens to the City of Philadelphia

Owned by the City of Philadelphia


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  • Kelly was a three-time Olympic champion in Men’s Rowing and a native Philadelphian

  • He was father to actress Princess Grace Kelly, and John B. Kelly, Jr., also an accomplished oarsman

Great champion oarsman John B. Kelly, Sr. (1889-1960) appears in a single scull in this bronze monument erected by the Friends of Jack Kelly. A native Philadelphian, Kelly was a three-time Olympic champion in Men’s Rowing, winning the Gold Medal in singles and doubles in 1920 and the doubles in 1924. He was father to actress Princess Grace Kelly, and John B. Kelly, Jr., also an accomplished oarsman. The family was active in Philadelphia’s political, sporting, and civic life during the twentieth century.

Rosin studied and taught for three decades at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He created two sculptures for the Ellen Philips Samuel Memorial on Kelly Drive and Mr. Baseball in South Philadelphia.

John B Kelly
Photo Caitlin Martin © 2010 for the Association for Public Art

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Voices heard in the program:

Linda Bantel is an art historian and former Director of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum.

Clete Graham has served as Commodore of Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia.

John B. Kelly III is a rower, a member of the Vesper Boat Club, and the grandson John B. Kelly.

Segment Producer: Sarah Lilley

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