William Orpen

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ORPEN William The Master Of Those That Know

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William Orpen - At Paris

William Orpen - At Paris

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Lot number: 19
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Description: Sir William Orpen RA RI RHA (1878-1931) AT PARIS, 1924 pen and ink dated [11/12/29] upper centre; signed lower right h:10.30 w:8.30 in. The recipient of this letter is possibly (Ballincurrig) Cork born "British eccentric prankster" and brother-in-law of Neville Chamberlain, Horace de Vere Cole (1881-1936). Cole was a friend of Augustus John who attended the Slade with Orpen. Cole's second wife and widow Mavis Wright bore a child by Augustus John while still married to Cole. He died in poverty in France.
William Orpen - Portrait Of Vivien St George

William Orpen - Portrait Of Vivien St George

Original 1918
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Lot number: 106
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Sir William Orpen, R.W.S., N.E.A.C., R.A., R.H.A. 1878-1931 PORTRAIT OF VIVIEN ST GEORGE signed l.l.: ORPEN oil on canvas 86.5 by 62cm., 34 by 24½in. Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Mrs Evelyn St George, thence by descent to the present owner Catalogue Note The present work, painted in 1918, is the only known portrait by Orpen of Vivien, his daughter who resulted from his love affair with Mrs Evelyn St George. She is depicted aged six in a green bridesmaid dress for the wedding of her half-sister, Gardenia St George. It was painted during a brief interlude when Orpen had returned to London from his official duties as a war artist for his exhibition War, held at Agnew’’s in May 1918. By the beginning of July, Orpen was back on the Western Front. Orpen’’s affair with Evelyn St George is well-documented, and was certainly the subject of social gossip at the time. Evelyn was a wealthy American, the eldest child of George Fisher Baker, founder and President of the First National Bank of America. Against her father’’s wishes, Evelyn married Howard St George, an Irish land agent from County Kilkenny, in 1891. They moved to Clonsilla Lodge, off Phoenix Park, Dublin in 1905 after which the St Georges were shortly introduced to Orpen. Eight years older than Orpen, and a foot taller, they made a visually odd couple (a fact which delighted Orpen’’s humour, recorded in a number of witty sketches), yet there is no doubt of their genuine affection for one another. The love affair began in 1908, and resulted in a series of remarkable paintings by Orpen, his talents enthusiastically encouraged by Evelyn. Most famously are the full-length ‘swagger’’ portraits of Evelyn herself, such as Mrs St George (sold in these rooms, 16 May 2003, lot 57 for £924,000). Evelyn also commissioned Orpen to paint her third child, and at this time only daughter, Gardenia, over a number of years from 1906, including the magnificent Portrait of Gardenia St George with Riding Crop, (sold in these rooms 19 May 2001, lot 92 for £1,983,500). With her red hair and pointed chin Vivien was, as Bruce Arnold wrote, ‘an Orpen’’ (Orpen, Mirror to an Age, 1981, p.242). Despite the circumstances of her parents, she enjoyed a close relationship with her father, who remained friendly with her and Evelyn long after their love affair. In her memoir to her mother, A Mirror for Mama, Vivien wrote with obvious adoration for Orpen, and the many affectionate sketches that exist of her by Orpen reciprocate the feeling. Gardenia St George, later Lady Gunston, claimed too that, ‘without any doubt she was Orpen’’s child’’ (Bruce Arnold, op. cit.,p.242), and one gains that sense in the tender portrayal of the present work. See More See Less
William Orpen - Artist Playing Billiards At Paultons, Romsey, Hampshire

William Orpen - Artist Playing Billiards At Paultons, Romsey, Hampshire

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Description: Sir William Orpen RA RI RHA (1878-1931) ARTIST PLAYING BILLIARDS AT PAULTONS, ROMSEY, HAMPSHIRE ink h:6 w:9.30 in. Kindly donated by Richard Olivier, grandson of William Orpen. The William Orpen Memorial Fund Local photographer Dominic Lee of Priory Studios has always been an admirer of the work of William Orpen. In 2012 he persuaded the Stillorgan Village Shopping Centre to exhibit a permanent display of Orpen's paintings and to rename the first floor "Orpen Mall". Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht officially opened the exhibition at which Dominic announced part two of his plan - to have a sculpture of William Orpen erected in Stillorgan. William Orpen was born in Oriel Lodge, Grove Avenue, Stillorgan in 1878. At the age of 12 he attended the Metropolitian School of Art (now the National College of Art & Design) and later attended the Slade Art College in London. He became a very successful society portrait painter and returned to Dublin regularly to teach in his old college. He was involved in the "Celtic revival" in Ireland and took part in the attempt there to find a visual counterpart to the birth of new national literary language. Although his studio was in London, he spent time in Ireland painting, he was a friend of Hugh Lane and influenced the Irish realist painters, like Sean Keating, who in turn influenced another generation of Irish painters. He was appointed a War Artist in 1914 and knighted for his services. Rowan Gillespie, renowned sculptor, from neigbouring Blackrock, has been commissioned to create the memorial. Donations may be made to: The Stillorgan Chamber of Commerce - Orpen Fund,12 Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Co Dublin, or to www.iDonate.ie/WilliamOrpen The proceeds of this lot will go to the William Orpen Memorial Fund.
William Orpen - The Master Of Those That Know

William Orpen - The Master Of Those That Know

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Lot number: 94
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Description: Sir William Orpen RHA RA RI (1878-1931) The Master of those that Know Pencil on paper, 18 x 22.5cm (7 x 9'') Drawn on the notepaper of Oliver St. John Gogarty and from his collection This is a portrait of Henry Stuart McCran (Professor of Moral Philosophy, T.C.D.) Literature: Oliver St. John Gogarty, As I was going down Sackville Street, New York edition, illustrated facing page 334 (photostat verso)
William Orpen - Peace Perfect Peace - Sleepy Dog

William Orpen - Peace Perfect Peace - Sleepy Dog

Original 1930
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Lot number: 90
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Sir William Orpen, R.A., H.R.H.A. (British, 1878-1931) 'Peace perfect peace - sleepy dog' inscribed, signed and dated 'ORPEN/1930' (lower right), pencil 24 x 32.5cm (9 7/16 x 12 13/16in). together with another work by the same hand titled 'Very sick' (2) Footnotes We are grateful to Mr Chris Pearson for his assistance in cataloguing this lot
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