In 1972, Felix Kelly had his first one-man show in Louisiana at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery as part of the Holiday in Dixie celebration. Kelly had come to know the Norton family who became the most significant of his American patrons. The Kelly Gallery within the museum remains the most extensive display of Kelly paintings available to the public anywhere in the world. Only one British family owns a comparable number of his works but does not exhibit them publicly. Kelly created this painting of the Norton Art Gallery in homage to his friends and their support of the arts: the figures on the front portico and lawn are said to be members of the Norton family.