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William Orpen

(1878 -  1931 ) Wikipedia® : William Orpen
ORPEN William  The Rushbury

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
Dec 13, 2016
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William Orpen - The Roscommon Dragoon

William Orpen - The Roscommon Dragoon

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Lot number: 130
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Sir William Orpen RA RHA, 1878-1931 THE ROSCOMMON DRAGOON Colour collotype print , 45 x 35.5cm, signed by the artist in pencil, limited edition of 300, printed by The Fine Art Society, London iin 1919. Provenance: The Hone Family, by descent to the current owner. Exhibited: '3rd Annual Exhibition of Facsimiles en Colour', Daniel Egan Gallery, February 1932 Literature: Bruce Arnold, Orpen - Mirror to an Age, p.285 The painting depicts Miss Vera Brewster of Cincinati, later to become Mrs Vera Hone, wife of W.B. Yeats' biographer Joseph Hone. She was a favourite model of Orpens and the origianl was painted in 1913. It shows Mrs Hone in the military tunic of the Armagh Infantry dating to c.1865.
William Orpen -  Study For Nude Pattern

William Orpen - Study For Nude Pattern

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Sir William Orpen, R.A., R.H.A. (1878-1931) Study for Nude Pattern, The Holy Well signed 'ORPEN' (lower left) and inscribed 'Kneeling boy to cover/her back' (lower right) pencil, charcoal and watercolour 20 1/8 x 16 3/8 in. (51 x 41.6 cm.) Executed circa 1916. In the spring of 1916 Orpen dispatched his Nude Pattern, The Holy Well (National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin) to the New English Art Club. This large canvas depicting the ritual bathing of pilgrims at a Holy Well overlooking Faul Sound on the Aran Islands was the final painting in what has become known as his \\\‘Irish Trilogy\\\’. Containing twenty figures - men, women and children in various states of undress - it is arguably the most complex of the three. The others are Sowing New Seed for the Board of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for Ireland, 1912 (Mildura Art Centre, Victoria, Australia) and A Western Wedding, 1915 (formerly Matsukata Collection, destroyed in the Bourlet fire, 1939). Its exhibition, coinciding with the Easter Rising and within weeks of the slaughter of Irish regiments in the Somme offensive, adds immeasurably to its significance. Letters referring to the evolution of this ambitious composition with thumbnail sketches are contained in the National Gallery of Ireland. It developed from swift graphite studies of individual figures and these were followed by a series of highly finished, tinted, \\\‘stand-alone\\\’ drawings, of which the present example is one of the largest and most complete. This particular figure appears at the lower right of the composition in Nude Pattern, The Holy Well, 1916. These were then manoeuvred into position in the whole, in a procedure that echoes that of great 19th Century French muralists such as Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. Thus the note – \\\‘Kneeling boy to cover/her back' – in the present drawing refers to A Kneeling Boy pulling off his Shirt, 1915 (private collection), and locates the figure precisely in the ensemble. P.G. Konody indicates that some seventeen of these \\\‘finished\\\’ studies were acquired by Mrs Evelyn St George with the large picture, to hang at her London residence, Cam House, Campden Hill, W.8 (P.G. Konody and S. Dark, Sir William Orpen, Artist and Man, London, 1932, p. 169. These drawings then subsequently appeared at her sale at Sotheby\\\’s, 26 July 1939). They functioned as a kind of \\\‘key\\\’ to the painting. In the present instance the motif – that of a nude girl, hair unclasped, donning a black stocking – was one that Orpen would return to some six years later. (Since her companion is evidently drying his face, we may assume that both figures have already been baptised). When he had completed his Official War Artist and Versailles Peace Conference commissions for the Imperial War Museum in 1921, one of his first tasks was to paint a formidable series of nude studies, one of which, Nude Girl Reading (private collection) shows his model, Yvonne Aubicq, in a similar pose. In this later work, the young woman pauses to read and her stocking is white. We are very grateful to Professor Kenneth Mc Conkey for preparing this catalogue entry.
William Orpen -  Portrait Of Lee Hankey

William Orpen - Portrait Of Lee Hankey

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Lot 20: Sir William Orpen RA RI RHA (1878-1931) PORTRAIT OF LEE HANKEY Description: signed lower left; with typed Southgate Gallery label on reverse Dimensions: h:8 w:6in. Medium: pencil Provenance: Southgate Gallery, Wolverhampton; Private collection Notes: An impromptu sketch at a dinner party, drawn on the reverse of a dinner menu. William Lee Hankey (1869–1952) RWS RI ROI RE NS was a British painter and book illustrator. He specialised in landscapes, character studies and portraits of pastoral life, particularly in studies of mothers with young children. Hankey's black and white and coloured etchings of the people of Étaples, gained him a reputation as 'one of the most gifted of the figurative printmakers working in original drypoint during the first thirty years of the 20th century'
William Orpen -  The Rushbury

William Orpen - The Rushbury

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Lot number: 131
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Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen, KBE, RA, RHA The Rushbury (1878-1931) Pen and black ink Signed and dated 1924 , upper right 15.5 x 15cm (6 1/8 x 5 7/8 in.) Caricature sketch of the Mevagissey Duck, inscribed 'To "The Bird's Friend" from one who loves "them"', titled below the image and further inscribed 'My lad, You know the Rest!!'. With two contemporary newspaper cuttings explaining the origins of the Mevagissey Duck inset in the mount below. The sketch depicts a duck flying backwards to keep the dust out of its eyes, corresponding to the old naval expression recounted by Admiral R.H. Bacon in his letter to the newspaper on the subject. The other published letter gives the alternative Cornish tradition of it being another name for salted pilchards as a staple winter food. Condition report: Slight browning.
William Orpen - A Profile Portrait Of A Young Man

William Orpen - A Profile Portrait Of A Young Man

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SIR WILLIAM ORPEN (1878-1931) A profile portrait of a young man, signed lower right, charcoal, 14.25" x 9.75". 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.

LA BIOGRAFIA DI William Orpen

ORPEN Sir William , pittore irlandese, nasce a Stillorgan, Dublino, nel 1878.
Studiò alla Metropolitan School di Dublino e alla Slade School of Art di Londra, e tenne la sua prima mostra nel 1898.
Fu uno dei più prolifici e apprezzati ritrattisti della società edoardiana, specializzato inoltre in scene con gruppi di personaggi in un interno, di cui resta esemplare l'Omaggio a Manet, che ritrae Sickert e altri pittori della sua cerchia mentre ammirano e commentano un'opera di Manet.
Fu anche pittore di guerra durante il primo conflitto mondiale.

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