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William Orpen

(1878 -  1931 ) Wikipedia® : William Orpen
ORPEN William A Profile Portrait Of A Young Man

Duke & Son /Sep 17, 2015
10,120.18 - 15,180.26
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William Orpen - Peasants And Toy Seller

William Orpen - Peasants And Toy Seller

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Lot number: 30
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Description Sir William Orpen RA RHA (1878-1931) Peasants and Toy Seller Pastel and gouache, 24 x 26cm (9½ x 10¼'') Signed Provenance: Dr Karl Mullen Sale 1976, where acquired by the current owner. Exhibited: 'William Orpen: A Centenary Exhibition', November/December 1978 The National Gallery of Ireland, Catalogue No.162, where lent by the current owner. This work was also included in an exhibition (untraced) called 'Duke II', organised by Art Exhibitions Bureau, London (original label verso.
William Orpen - Self-portrait Of The Artist With His Wife Grace

William Orpen - Self-portrait Of The Artist With His Wife Grace

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Lot number: 842
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Sir William Orpen, K.B.E., R.A., R.H.A. (British/Irish 1878-1931), "Self-Portrait of the Artist with His Wife Grace", ca. 1902-1912, conte on paper, signed lower right "Orpen", sight 11-3/4" x 11-1/4". Glazed, matted and framed. Sir William Orpen, a London-based artist, was one of the most prolific portrait painters in Edwardian society at the turn of the century. During World War I, he served as a war correspondent in France for the British government. His drawings, sketches and portraits of battles, soldiers and generals were so prodigious, Orpen was knighted for his service in 1918. In addition to his military works, Orpen is equally renowned today by curators and scholars for the visual complexity of his self-portraits, in which he often portrayed himself (sometimes mockingly) in multiples as well as from multiple angles. In "Ready to Start", 1917, in the Imperial War Museum, Orpen depicts himself in a mirror or painting within a painting, and in a series of self-portraits in pencil that recently sold at auction in Ireland, Orpen appears in 3/4 profile from the rear as he does in the drawing offered here. Art Historian Bruce Arnold has noted that the multiplicity of Orpen's portraits reflect "the shadow of death and experience, toil, passion and fulfillment" of his time that "few English artists have equaled." A fine example of Orpen's enigmatic nature is this touching self-portrait of the artist and his wife. Grace Knewstub married Orpen in 1902. Though their marriage was an unhappy one fraught with mistresses after 1908, Orpen's sketchbooks reveal much tenderness in the early years of their marriage, in which Grace is portrayed numerous times in profile, resting, modelling, and looking after their infant daughters. With her distinctive nose and poised chin captured in warm sanguine in this drawing, Grace is a beauty to behold and possess as one of Orpen's more intimate portraits and self-portraits.
William Orpen - Portrait Of Vivien Hugh Smith (1867-1956), Later First 1st Baron Bicester Of Tusmore Park

William Orpen - Portrait Of Vivien Hugh Smith (1867-1956), Later First 1st Baron Bicester Of Tusmore Park

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Lot number: 24
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Description: Sir William Orpen RA RI RHA (1878-1931) PORTRAIT OF VIVIEN HUGH SMITH (1867-1956), LATER FIRST 1st BARON BICESTER OF TUSMORE PARK, 1919 oil on canvas signed lower right; with James Bourlet & Sons [Dublin] label on reverse h:50 w:40 in. Provenance: Commissioned from the artist in 1919 for £1,500; Christie's, 17 May 2001, lot 111; Private collection Exhibited: Royal Academy, London, 1920, no. 307, as Portrait of Vivian Hugh Smith (Presentation Portrait) Literature: Studio Book, reference: 30/22-1919 The present work is probably one of the earliest commissions Orpen carried out after his return from the Peace Conference in Paris in 1919. An unpublished letter dated Paris July 1919 from Orpen to William Marchant of the Goupil Gallery (Tate Gallery Archive) would suggest a date of September 1919. Orpen writes: 'I'm going back [to London] for three weeks early in September to paint two portraits. (I ain't got any money).' His need for money and claim to poverty was understandable at this time considering he had been providing for a family household and schooling on a Major's pay for the previous two years or so, when he was employed in the capacity of Official War Artist. The subject of the present portrait is Vivian Hugh Smith a descendent of the banking family, which founded Smith's Bank at Nottingham. He worked for the merchant banking firm of Morgan Grenfell & Co. and became a director of many important companies. He was created a Baron in 1938. His career in the City was most notable for his role as a Director and later as Governor of the Royal Exchange Assurance for sixty years. Although he had always loved horses, it was only late in life, with the acquisition of Tusmore Park near Bicester that he could indulge his passion acquiring a series of successful steeplechasers. Other distinguished artists of the day painted his portrait including Sir Herbert James Gunn, R.A. and Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A. who portrayed him in hunting pink and on horseback. We are grateful to the Orpen Research Project for their previous research on this lot.
William Orpen - A Profile Portrait Of A Young Man

William Orpen - A Profile Portrait Of A Young Man

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Lot number: 225
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Description: SIR WILLIAM ORPEN (1878-1931) A profile portrait of a young man, signed lower right, charcoal, 14.25" x 9.75". See illustration. Provenance: With a letter stating that this work was gifted from Orpen to the mother of the current owner, whilst studying together at The Metropolitan School of Art, Dublin, in around 1894. Private collection, Wareham.
William Orpen - The Male Art Model And The Char Lady, And Other Sketches

William Orpen - The Male Art Model And The Char Lady, And Other Sketches

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Description: Sir William Orpen RHA RA RI (1878-1931)The Male Art Model and the Char Lady, and other sketchesPencil, 22.5 x 17cm (8å_ x 6å_‰ ۝)Provenance: Courtfield Institute Orpen folio reference 25/81 (see label verso)Exhibited: Orpen Exhibition, The Neptune Gallery, Dublin, June/ July 1971.Twentieth Century Drawings, European Fine Arts, Dublin, November 1989, Catalogue No.27.
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