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Figure painter, Portrait painter, Painter, Landscape painter, Caricaturist, b. 1878 - d. 1931

William Newenham Montague Orpen 1878-1931. Painter and caricaturist, born in Stillorgan, County Dublin, Ireland.

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          • Sir William Orpen N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (Irish, 1878-1931) Standing Male Nude (with a further pencil on paper portrait, on the reverse, by the same hand)
            Mar. 27, 2024

            Sir William Orpen N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (Irish, 1878-1931) Standing Male Nude (with a further pencil on paper portrait, on the reverse, by the same hand)

            Est: £2,000 - £3,000

            Sir William Orpen N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (Irish, 1878-1931) Standing Male Nude signed 'Orpen' (upper right) pencil drawing on paper 59.5 x 40.5cm (23 7/16 x 15 15/16in). with a further pencil on paper portrait, on the reverse, by the same hand

            Bonhams
          • Orpen (William, 1878-1931). Sowing the Seed, The Breeze, & Part of Composition, 1913
            Mar. 13, 2024

            Orpen (William, 1878-1931). Sowing the Seed, The Breeze, & Part of Composition, 1913

            Est: £200 - £300

            Orpen (William, 1878-1931). Sowing the Seed, The Breeze, & Part of Composition, 1913 * Orpen (William, 1878-1931). Sowing the Seed, The Breeze, & Part of Composition, 1913, 3 photogravures, each with printed title and signature below the image, few faint spots, mount aperture 29.5 x 20 cm (11 1/2 x 8 ins) and similar, uniformly framed and glazed (49.5 x 37 cm and smaller) QTY: (3)

            Dominic Winter Auctions
          • Orpen (William, 1878-1931). After Bathing, Sowing the Seed, The Winner, Kit, & others, 1913
            Mar. 13, 2024

            Orpen (William, 1878-1931). After Bathing, Sowing the Seed, The Winner, Kit, & others, 1913

            Est: £400 - £600

            Orpen (William, 1878-1931). After Bathing, Sowing the Seed, The Winner, Kit, & others, 1913 * Orpen (William, 1878-1931). After Bathing, Sowing the Seed, The Winner, Kit, & others, 1913, 12 photogravures (including 2 duplicates), each with printed title and signature below the image, published by the Chenil Gallery, Chelsea (blind stamp to upper left corner of each sheet), some scattered spotting, plate size 32.5 x 23 cm (12 3/4 x 9 ins, or inverse) and similar, each with loose tissue guard, sheet size 58 x 45.5 cm (or inverse), contained together in original publisher's board and cloth portfolio, gilt-lettered title 'Drawings by William Orpen' to front cover, Chenil Gallery label inside front cover, remants of cloth ties to fore-edges, the portfolio 60.5 x 48 cm QTY: (1) NOTE: The other titles included are: The Breeze (2 copies), The Bather, On the Cliff, The Draughtsman and His Model, The Yacht Race, Part of Composition (2 copies). Kit was the family name for Orpen's daughter Christine.

            Dominic Winter Auctions
          • William Newenham Montague Orpen (1878 - 1931) United Kingdom
            Feb. 17, 2024

            William Newenham Montague Orpen (1878 - 1931) United Kingdom

            Est: $4,500 - $6,500

            William Newenham Montague Orpen (1878 - 1931) Oil on canvas, signed upper right, measures 20 x 16 and 24 x 20 inches w/ frame. One of the greatest painters in the history of Irish art, Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen, was a skillful and sympathetic Irish portraitist of the traditional school of academic art. During a lifetime devoted to portrait art, he painted about 600 portraits, including those of David Lloyd-George (British Prime Minister), Woodrow Wilson (US President) and Sir Douglas Haig (British commander in WWI).

            Cutler Bay Auctions
          • SIR WILLIAM ORPEN RA (IRISH 1878-1931)
            Dec. 13, 2023

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN RA (IRISH 1878-1931)

            Est: £1,000 - £1,500

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN RA (IRISH 1878-1931) VATTETOT-SUR-MER titled, dedicated and dated VATTETOT / SUR MER / 1899 / WILL ROTHENSTEIN and ALICE ROTHENSTEIN lower centre gouache and watercolour on silk 16.5 x 37cm; 6 1/2 x 14 1/2in (fan shaped) 51.5 x 64cm; 20 1/4 x 25 1/4in (framed) Property from an English Private Collection Provenance William and Alice Rothenstein, London (a wedding present from the artist) Mrs Rachel Ward (née Rothenstein; 1903-1989, inherited from the above) Thence by descent to the present owner Exhibited London, The Leicester Galleries, The Collection of Sir William Rothenstein, 1946, no. 60 The present work, a wedding present from Orpen to William Rothenstein and his new bride Alice (née Newstub), celebrates the couple on holiday with friends in Vattetot on the Normandy coast. Rothenstein had married Alice on 11th June 1899. The figures depicted from top left are: Albert Rothenstein (later Rutherston) and William Orpen, Alice and William Rothenstein, Grace Knewstub (Alice’s sister, later Mrs. William Orpen) and John Herbert Everett, a fellow Slade student with Albert and Orpen. In the lower medallions are Augustus John (left) and Charles Conder (right). Orpen had first met William Rothenstein through his brother Albert when he was a fellow student at the Slade. Together with Augustus John the trio formed what William jocularly referred to as 'the three musketeers'. William and Alice had discovered Vattetot on a bicycling trip out from Dieppe. In his memoires William writes: 'On our return to London we spoke of Vattetot to John and Conder, who, with Orpen and my brother [Albert], proposed to join us there next summer. When the summer came, it was a large party which descended upon Vattetot; never had so many easels and paint-boxes been seen. It was a glorious time, divided between painting and play.' (William Rothenstein, Men and Memories, London, 1931, vol. 1, p. 347)

            Olympia Auctions
          • SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931)
            Dec. 12, 2023

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931)

            Est: £600 - £800

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931) SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931) Study of a male nude pencil 22.8 x 17.7 cm. (9 x 7 in.) Provenance With The Neptune Gallery, Dublin With European Fine Arts, Dublin Exhibited Dublin, The Neptune Gallery, Orpen Exhibition, 16 Jun-14 Jul 1971, cat.no.19 Dublin, European Fine Arts, Twentieth Century Drawings by Irish Artist, November 1989, cat.no.35 The present lot is Courtauld Institute folio number 31

            Chiswick Auctions
          • SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931)
            Dec. 12, 2023

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931)

            Est: £500 - £700

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931) SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931) Possible Study for David Lloyd George (or The Poet) pencil 19.7 x 21 cm. (7 3/4 x 8 1/4 in.) Provenance The Pyms Gallery, London

            Chiswick Auctions
          • SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931)
            Dec. 12, 2023

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931)

            Est: £500 - £700

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931) SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931) Couple in landscape signed and inscribed indistinctly 'W Orpen' (lower left) pen & ink and wash 25 x 19.5 cm. (9 7/8 x 7 5/8 in.) Provenance With Pyms Gallery, London

            Chiswick Auctions
          • SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931)
            Dec. 12, 2023

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931)

            Est: £1,000 - £1,500

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931) SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931) Daily Mail Drawing signed and inscribed 'coolness for the Neck!/is all very well but don't forget/The other parts, yours William Orpen' (lower right); further inscribed and dated 'To the Daily Mail-/30th July 1928' (upper right) watercolour and pencil 24.1 x 17.3 cm. (9 1/2 x 6 3/4 in.) Provenance Sale; Christie’s, London, 11 August 1982 With Pyms Gallery, London

            Chiswick Auctions
          • SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931)
            Dec. 12, 2023

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931)

            Est: £2,000 - £3,000

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931) SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931) Seated Portuguese Woman chalk 57.7 x 39.3 cm. (22 3/4 x 15 1/2 in.) Provenance The artist’s daughter Sale; Phillips, London, 2 June 1996 With Pyms Gallery, London

            Chiswick Auctions
          • SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931)
            Dec. 12, 2023

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931)

            Est: £800 - £1,200

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931) SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (IRISH, 1878-1931) Study of arms chalk 42 x 34.3 cm. (16 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.) Provenance Acquired directly from the artist by Private Collection With Pyms Gallery, London

            Chiswick Auctions
          • Sir William Orpen RA RHA (1878 - 1931) Study from Life - Female Nude Charcoal, 25 x 17cm (9¾ x 6½) Provenance: Collection of Dorothy Walker, thence by descent
            Dec. 06, 2023

            Sir William Orpen RA RHA (1878 - 1931) Study from Life - Female Nude Charcoal, 25 x 17cm (9¾ x 6½) Provenance: Collection of Dorothy Walker, thence by descent

            Est: €1,500 - €2,500

            Sir William Orpen RA RHA (1878 - 1931) Study from Life - Female Nude Charcoal, 25 x 17cm (9¾ x 6½) Provenance: Collection of Dorothy Walker, thence by descent

            Adam's
          • SIR WILLIAM ORPEN RA, RHA (1878 - 1931)
            Dec. 05, 2023

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN RA, RHA (1878 - 1931)

            Est: €30,000 - €50,000

            Portrait of Mrs. Wertheimer (née Trautz). Signed bottom left. Oil on canvas. Framed. Provenance: The Dr. Kevin Moynihan Collection, Macroom, Co. Cork. A re-discovered portrait of a lady, signed by William Orpen Hedsor (1904) is believed to be one of two portraits of Jessica Wertheimer (née Trautz). Both were commissioned by Charles Wertheimer (1842-1911), a notable art dealer and an early patron of the artist. A paper on the back of the painting testifies that The Fine Art Society sold this painting titled Mrs Wertheim of Hedsor Priory – 1904 in December 1978. The spelling of “Wertheim” is believed to be a typo for the family name of Wertheimer. Orpen was an Irish artist, born in Stillorgan, County Dublin. He moved to London and studied at the Slade School of Art between 1897 and 1899. His rise through the social nuanced world of British society portraiture was meteoric. By 1914, according to the Dictionary of Irish Biography, he had become “the most successful artist of his generation in Britain, and the country’s most fashionable portraitist.” He was a brilliant draughtsman, but part of his talent was for ingratiating himself with those who could pay for prestigious and expensive portraits. By 1904, Charles Wertheimer, had become Orpen’s leading patron. In the same year, Orpen showed a portrait of Wertheimer as his first exhibit at the Royal Academy. This portrait shows Mrs Wertheimer dressed in the height of Edwardian fashion with hair piled high under a wide-brimmed hat, an elaborate dress with a high collar incorporating lace, and a string of pearls. The brush strokes are moving towards gestural, giving the impression of dappled light. She looks healthy, wealthy and smug. It may have been painted at Hedsor Priory. A report in the Nottingham Evening Post (Thursday 26 May 1904, p.2, col 5) notes that: “Several of the best houses on the Thames have been let for the Upper Thames season … Hedsor House, adjoining Cliveden, has been let by Lord Boston to Mr. Charles Wertheimer.” It was a very prestigious venue. Hedsor House is now best known for featuring in historic films and TV drama, including the ITV series Downton Abbey. Jessica has the appearance of a trophy wife. Charles had been separated from his first wife, Frieda, for more than twenty years and lived with his companion Sarah Hammond until that relationship ended in the 1890s. Portraits of both Charles Wertheimer and Sarah Hammond by John Everett Millais (1829-1896) are in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. In 1904, the same year that Frieda died, Charles married Jessica and commissioned Orpen to paint her twice. Both paintings were exhibited in London. This one was shown in the New English Art Club, London, Winter 1904, No.69, as A Portrait Study; and the other painting in Guildhall, as part as an Exhibition of Works by Irish Painters, 1904, No.27, as Jessie Wertheimer, lent by C.J. Wertheimer. The immediate public display of images of his new wife reads like a statement of some description. Possibly, it was as simple as pride in his bride. (Irish Art) Image size: 60 x 50 cm.; framed: 74 x 62 cm. Approximate Time: 10:24 Lot Number: 35

            Sheppards
          • Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) FEMALE NUDE WITH HAND BEHIND BACK
            Dec. 04, 2023

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) FEMALE NUDE WITH HAND BEHIND BACK

            Est: €3,000 - €5,000

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) FEMALE NUDE WITH HAND BEHIND BACK charcoal with Pyms Gallery label on reverse h:23  w:15.50 in. Provenance: Pyms Gallery, London; Private collection

            Whyte's
          • Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) KISSING THE BLARNEY STONE
            Dec. 04, 2023

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) KISSING THE BLARNEY STONE

            Est: €3,000 - €5,000

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) KISSING THE BLARNEY STONE ink and wash signed lower centre and lower right; with Pyms Gallery label on reverse h:10.25  w:16 in. Provenance: Pyms Gallery, London; Private collection

            Whyte's
          • Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) BILLY THE O'
            Dec. 04, 2023

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) BILLY THE O'

            Est: €2,000 - €3,000

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) BILLY THE O' ink inscribed lower centre h:13  w:8 in. Provenance: Pyms Gallery, London; Private collection

            Whyte's
          • Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) THE ELEPHANT TURN
            Dec. 04, 2023

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) THE ELEPHANT TURN

            Est: €2,000 - €3,000

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) THE ELEPHANT TURN ink titled lower right h:13  w:8 in. Provenance: Pyms Gallery, London; Private collection

            Whyte's
          • Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) THE BATHERS [STUDY], 1900
            Dec. 04, 2023

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) THE BATHERS [STUDY], 1900

            Est: €8,000 - €12,000

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) THE BATHERS [STUDY], 1900 charcoal, watercolour and gouache signed and dated upper right h:8.75  w:11.50 in. Provenance: Pyms Gallery, London; Private collection

            Whyte's
          • Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) THE SUPPLIANT, 1905
            Dec. 04, 2023

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) THE SUPPLIANT, 1905

            Est: €2,000 - €3,000

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) THE SUPPLIANT, 1905 charcoal and red chalk signed and dated lower right; inscribed on label on reverse h:13.50  w:9.50 in. Provenance: Collection of F. C. Johnson, Southport; Christie's, 8 April 1927, lot 130; Private collection; Pyms Gallery, London; Private collection

            Whyte's
          • Sir William Orpen (1878 - 1931), The artists and friends at the Cafe Royal (including Sir William Rothenstein)
            Nov. 30, 2023

            Sir William Orpen (1878 - 1931), The artists and friends at the Cafe Royal (including Sir William Rothenstein)

            Est: £500 - £800

            Sir William Orpen (1878 - 1931) The artists and friends at the Cafe Royal (including Sir William Rothenstein) Inscribed: "I was much awed by my companions' conversation" Pen and ink on paper Old exhibition label, verso: Leicester Galleries, June 1946, no. 43, 'Orpen' Provenance: Collection of Sir William Rothenstein Mrs. J E. Strauss (purchased from Leicester Galleries exhibition, June 1946) By descent Property of a lady Dimensions: (Frame) 16 in. (H) x 13.5 in. (W) (Paper) 9 in. (H) x 7.5 in. (W)

            Sloane Street Auctions
          • Palm Sunday A.D. 33
            Nov. 22, 2023

            Palm Sunday A.D. 33

            Est: £10,000 - £15,000

            Sir William Orpen R.S.W., N.E.A.C., R.A, R.H.A 1878 - 1931 Palm Sunday A.D. 33 signed ORPEN (lower right) oil on canvas unframed: 42 by 50.5cm.; 16½ by 20in. framed: 58.5 by 68cm.; 23 by 26¾in. Executed in 1930.

            Sotheby's
          • SIR WILLIAM ORPEN (BRITISH 1878-1951), PORTRAIT OF IDA NETTLESHIP
            Oct. 25, 2023

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN (BRITISH 1878-1951), PORTRAIT OF IDA NETTLESHIP

            Est: £5,000 - £7,000

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN (BRITISH 1878-1951)PORTRAIT OF IDA NETTLESHIPRed chalkSigned and dated 1898 (lower left)29 x 20.5cm (11¼ x 8 in.)Provenance:J.L.W. Bird, LondonExhibited:London, J.L.W. Bird, Spring Exhibition, March-April 1981The present drawing was most likely executed in the studio at 76 Charlotte Street which Orpen shared with Augustus John and Ambrose McEvoy, whilst students at the Slade.Ida Nettleship was born in Hampstead in 1877. Nettleship went on to study at the Slade School of Art under the tutelage of Henry Tonks and Philip Wilson Steer. Mixing within the artistic circles of north London Nettleship became close friends with Gwen John and Edna Waugh. In 1901 Nettleship married Augustus John and they went on to have five sons together. Their relationship was complicated and she sadly died shortly after the birth of her fifth son in 1907.

            Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
          • Sir William Orpen RA RHA RWS (British, 1878-1931), 'A Break for a Smoke', pencil, pen, red ink and watercolour, 25 x 33cm
            Oct. 03, 2023

            Sir William Orpen RA RHA RWS (British, 1878-1931), 'A Break for a Smoke', pencil, pen, red ink and watercolour, 25 x 33cm

            Est: £600 - £800

            Sir William Orpen RA RHA RWS (British, 1878-1931) 'A Break for a Smoke' pencil, pen, red ink and watercolour New Grafton Gallery 1977 Exhibition label verso

            Gorringes
          • Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) THE IRISH PIG DANCE [ON HANDWRITTEN LETTER]
            Oct. 02, 2023

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) THE IRISH PIG DANCE [ON HANDWRITTEN LETTER]

            Est: €1,500 - €2,000

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) THE IRISH PIG DANCE [ON HANDWRITTEN LETTER] ink signed on reverse; titled lower left h:9  w:5.50 in.

            Whyte's
          • Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) LORD GEORGE HELL
            Oct. 02, 2023

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) LORD GEORGE HELL

            Est: €10,000 - €15,000

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) LORD GEORGE HELL oil on canvas signed lower left h:30  w:26 in. Provenance: Pyms Gallery, London Exhibited: 'The Art of a Nation: Three Centuries of Irish Painting', Pyms Gallery London, June 2002, catalogue no. 30 Lord George Hell is the principal character in Max Beerbohm's The Happy Hypocrite, who falls in love with the dancer, Jenny Mere, an ingénue in the seedy world of corrupt impresarios. A Regency reprobate, he sets about to woo her, but in order to do so, must wear a mask to cover a pock-marked face. When he succeeds in his task and the mask is removed, his face has miraculously healed and become 'saintly' - such is the power of love. The story was published in 1896 followed by a one-act dramatised version at the Royalty Theatre in 1900. Orpen's first version of the subject is likely to have been inspired by seeing this production, rather than reading the book. This was shown at the new English Art Club in 1901. It is clear in the present oil version that Orpen wished to recreate the impression of a late eighteenth or early nineteenth century print. The girls' dress, bonnet and black shoes recall the maidens of Gainsborough, Romney and Hoppner and the encounter mimics, to some extent, that of Gainsborough's Haymaker and the Sleeping Girl. In the present version Jenny is undoubtedly startled by Lord George and by the transforming effect of his love for her. The story of the miracle, revisited late in his career, clearly had a profound effect on Orpen since the original drawing was placed on his easel just before his death so that it could be transferred to oil. William Rothenstein, who recounted his visit to the Oriel studio after the painter's death, was struck by the fact that, in the present work, Orpen had returned to such a profoundly personal early theme. He told Beerbohm. The author also was moved when he heard of the painter's life-long fascination with his play, and reflecting on their friendship, replied, 'I am deeply touched about the 'Happy Hypocrite' painting, and am glad that through my work I must have been in his thoughts'. Professor Kenneth McConkey

            Whyte's
          • Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) THE ARTIST POSTING A LETTER [LETTER TO EVERETT]
            Oct. 02, 2023

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) THE ARTIST POSTING A LETTER [LETTER TO EVERETT]

            Est: €1,000 - €1,500

            Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) THE ARTIST POSTING A LETTER [LETTER TO EVERETT] pencil signed centre right h:7  w:4.50 in.

            Whyte's
          • SIR WILLIAM ORPEN (IRISH 1878-1931) HALF LENGTH PORTRAIT OF SIR RALPH ANSTRUTHER
            Sep. 06, 2023

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN (IRISH 1878-1931) HALF LENGTH PORTRAIT OF SIR RALPH ANSTRUTHER

            Est: £3,000 - £5,000

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN (IRISH 1878-1931) HALF LENGTH PORTRAIT OF SIR RALPH ANSTRUTHER Signed, oil on canvas (102cm x 86.5cm (40in x 34in))

            Lyon & Turnbull
          • The Yacht Race (Sighting the Boat)
            Jun. 28, 2023

            The Yacht Race (Sighting the Boat)

            Est: £90,000 - £130,000

            Sir William Orpen R.A., R.H.A. 1878 - 1931 The Yacht Race (Sighting the Boat) signed ORPEN (lower right) pencil and watercolour on paper unframed (sheet): 53.5 by 76.5cm.; 21 by 30in. framed: 73.5 by 93.5cm.; 29 by 36¾in. Executed circa 1913. We are grateful to Kenneth McConkey for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work. 

            Sotheby's
          • Sir William Orpen RA RHA RWS (1878-1931) The Barrister Brush and Indian ink over pencil, 49.5 x 37.8cm (19½ x 14?) Signed and dated (19)'18 Provenance: With Spink, King St. London, label verso
            May. 31, 2023

            Sir William Orpen RA RHA RWS (1878-1931) The Barrister Brush and Indian ink over pencil, 49.5 x 37.8cm (19½ x 14?) Signed and dated (19)'18 Provenance: With Spink, King St. London, label verso

            Est: €1,000 - €1,500

            Sir William Orpen RA RHA RWS (1878-1931) The Barrister Brush and Indian ink over pencil, 49.5 x 37.8cm (19½ x 14?) Signed and dated (19)'18 Provenance: With Spink, King St. London, label verso

            Adam's
          • Walking in the Evening with the Chimpanzee
            May. 10, 2023

            Walking in the Evening with the Chimpanzee

            Est: €2,000 - €3,000

            Sir William Orpen R.A., R.H.A. 1878 - 1931 Walking in the Evening with the Chimpanzee inscribed (lower edge) pen and ink on paper unframed (sheet): 33 by 21cm.; 13 by 8¼in. framed: 50 by 37.5cm.; 19¾ by 14¾in. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sir William Orpen R.A., R.H.A. 1878 - 1931 Walking in the Evening with the Chimpanzee inscrit (en bas à bord) stylo et l'encre sur papier sans cadre (feuille): 33 by 21cm.; 13 by 8¼in. avec cadre: 50 by 37.5cm.; 19¾ by 14¾in.

            Sotheby's
          • Found at Last
            May. 10, 2023

            Found at Last

            Est: €2,000 - €3,000

            Sir William Orpen, R.A. R.H.A 1878 - 1931 Found at Last titled (lower centre) pen and ink on paper unframed (sheet): 33 by 21cm.; 13 by 8½in. framed: 50 by 37.5cm.; 19¾ by 14¾in. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sir William Orpen, R.A. R.H.A 1878 - 1931 Found at Last titré (en bas à centre) stylo et l'encre sur papier sans cadre (feuille): 33 by 21cm.; 13 by 8½in. avec cadre: 50 by 37.5cm.; 19¾ by 14¾in.

            Sotheby's
          • Trying to Draw this Rabbit
            May. 10, 2023

            Trying to Draw this Rabbit

            Est: €3,500 - €4,500

            Sir William Orpen, R.A., R.H.A 1878 - 1931 Trying to Draw this Rabbit illustrated letter on Metropolitan School of Art headed paper, inscribed and signed pencil, ink and watercolour on paper unframed (sheet): 33.5 by 20.5cm.; 13¼ by 8in. framed: 50 by 37cm.; 19¾ by 14½in. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sir William Orpen, R.A., R.H.A 1878 - 1931 Trying to Draw this Rabbit un lettre illustré sur papier en-tête de Metropolitan School of Art, inscrit et signé crayon, l'encre et aqaurelle sur papier sans cadre (feuille): 33.5 by 20.5cm.; 13¼ by 8in. avec cadre: 50 by 37cm.; 19¾ by 14½in.

            Sotheby's
          • The Normandy Cider Press
            May. 10, 2023

            The Normandy Cider Press

            Est: €30,000 - €50,000

            Sir William Orpen R.A., R.H.A. 1878 - 1931 The Normandy Cider Press signed ORPEN (lower left) oil on canvas unframed: 53.5 by 76cm.; 21 by 30in. framed: 72.5 by 96cm.; 28½ by 37¾in. Executed in 1900. __________________________________________________________________________ Sir William Orpen R.A., R.H.A. 1878 - 1931 The Normandy Cider Press signé ORPEN (en bas à gauche) huile sur toile sans cadre: 53.5 by 76cm.; 21 by 30in. avec cadre: 72.5 by 96cm.; 28½ by 37¾in. Exécuté en 1900.

            Sotheby's
          • Sir William Orpen RHA (1878-1931) Study of a Young Boy (1911)
            Apr. 18, 2023

            Sir William Orpen RHA (1878-1931) Study of a Young Boy (1911)

            Est: €800 - €1,200

            Sir William Orpen RHA (1878-1931) Study of a Young Boy (1911) pencil on paper signed and dated 'Orpen 28th August 1911' lower left h:28  w:21.50 cm. Provenance: Private Collection

            Morgan O'Driscoll
          • Sir William Orpen RHA (1878-1931) An Onlooker in France 1917-1919 With Artist's self portrait inside the cover
            Apr. 18, 2023

            Sir William Orpen RHA (1878-1931) An Onlooker in France 1917-1919 With Artist's self portrait inside the cover

            Est: €1,000 - €1,500

            Sir William Orpen RHA (1878-1931) An Onlooker in France 1917-1919 With Artist's self portrait inside the cover hardcover - inscribed "With best regards - This is how the book was written - William Orpen, London 1929" signed and dated 'William Orpen London 1929' lower right h:24.50  w:18 cm. Provenance: Private Collection Contains an invitation for Sir William Orpen from his Royal Highness The Prince of Wales inviting him to dinner at St James's Palace on the 27th June 1930 at 8.45 "Evening Dress & Decorations".

            Morgan O'Driscoll
          • Sir William Orpen RHA (1878-1931) Portrait of Mary - Lady Gerard in a Green Dress (1904)
            Apr. 18, 2023

            Sir William Orpen RHA (1878-1931) Portrait of Mary - Lady Gerard in a Green Dress (1904)

            Est: €20,000 - €30,000

            Sir William Orpen RHA (1878-1931) Portrait of Mary - Lady Gerard in a Green Dress (1904) oil on canvas - oval signed and dated 'ORPEN 1904' lower right h:99.20  w:67 cm. Provenance: Collection of Lady Gerard, and thence by descent circa 1955; Christie's, London, 8th November 1990, lot 48; Christie's, Dublin, 29th June 1994, lot 186; Christie's, London, 9th May 1996, lot 106; Collection of Sir Michael Smurfit; Sotheby's, London, 22nd November 2022, lot 257; Private Collection Portrayed standing in a Titianesque pose, one elbow resting on a plinth, in front of a curtain drawn back to reveal a cloudy sky, the subject of this portrait, Mary Emmeline Laura, Baroness Gerard, was one of the Marlborough House Set, a group of wealthy aristocrats that surrounded Prince Edward and occasionally became involved in the politics of the day. Her dress is an elaborate Tudor-revival design, of ruffed green silk embellished with lacework. Mary Emmeline was fond of partying and dressing up: a photograph, taken during a fancy dress ball celebrating Queen Victoria's sixtieth year on the throne, shows her in the guise of "Astarte, Goddess of the Moon". Hosting the event, the Duchess of Devonshire was decked up as "Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra", while the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava came as "Flora, Goddess of Flowers". Born in 1854, Mary Emmeline was the daughter of Henry Beilby William Milner and Charlotte Beresford. Her grandfather, Marcus Gervaise Beresford, was Archbishop of Armagh. In 1877, she married army officer William Gerard, second Baron Gerard of Bryn. His estate, at Eastwell Park in Kent, had once been the home of Prince Albert, younger brother of Edward VII. They had two children, Ethel and Frederick. Five years after the Devonshire House party, on 11th February 1904, at Garswood in Lancashire, her daughter Ethel married the recently-divorced Maurice Arnold de Forest, Graf von Bendern. A hereditary baron in the Austrian aristocracy, de Forest had been adopted by the wealthy banker Baron Hirsch and educated at Eton and Oxford. He was an officer in the Staffordshire Yeomanry, and a friend of Winston Churchill. However de Forest's pride and joy were his boats; the one thousand ton steam yacht Honor and a 52 foot sailing yacht, Magdalen, the latter built for him in 1902 by Fifes. Ethel shared his love of yachting and the couple lived at Spenser House in St. James, London, or at the country estate he rented from Lord Northbrook. This portrait of Mary Emmeline, painted by Orpen in May 1903 (and completed the following year) was clearly intended as a statement. Although recently-widowed, the Baroness was determined that she should be seen as an independent and confident woman. In Bruce Arnold's biography of Orpen, he describes how the painter worked on the canvas at Eastwell Park, distracted by the attentions of various members of the household. At the time of painting this portrait, he was at the beginning of his career, having graduated from the Slade School of Art and married Grace Knewstub two years previously. He had set up a school in Chelsea, and also taught at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin. Many of Orpen's portraits are painted in the characteristic bravura style of this work, and yet he seems to have grown to dislike the elite social circles in which he moved. On the outbreak of World War I, he was appointed an Official War Artist, which led to some of his finest work. The portrait of Mary Emmeline, which cost seventy-five pounds, was likely intended as a gift, to hang in Ethel's new family home. Mary Emmeline died in 1918, aged 63. Peter Murray, March 2023

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          • Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA)
            Mar. 25, 2023

            Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA)

            Est: €800 - €1,000

            Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA) (born Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – died London 1931) With written text: “The Wintery Winds Of London - The Could Forms Are Splendid” Ink drawing with William Orpen as a young man with head and blanked around his shoulder standing in a city (London ?), thinking about naked woman. Pen and brown ink on paper. Unsigned and undated Pentekening door Sir William Orpen (toegeschreven) (Geb. Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – overl. London 1931) Zelfportret met geschreven tekst: “The Wintery Winds Of London - The Could Forms Are Splendid” Afm. 270 x 210 mm

            Hessink's
          • Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA)
            Mar. 25, 2023

            Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA)

            Est: €800 - €1,000

            Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA) (born Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – died London 1931) With written text: ”The Newcombes” Pencil and black ink on paper. Unsigned and undated Pentekening door Sir William Orpen (toegeschreven) (Geb. Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – overl. London 1931) Met geschreven tekst: ”The Newcombes” Afm. 228 x 193 mm

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          • Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA)
            Mar. 25, 2023

            Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA)

            Est: €800 - €1,000

            Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA) (born Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – died London 1931) With written text: ”This Manchester child has nearly killed me” Pen and black ink on paper. Unsigned and undated Pentekening door Sir William Orpen (toegeschreven) (Geb. Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – overl. London 1931) Met geschreven tekst: ”This Manchester child has nearly killed me” Afm. 176 x 225 mm

            Hessink's
          • Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA)
            Mar. 25, 2023

            Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA)

            Est: €800 - €1,000

            Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA) (born Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – died London 1931) With written text: “Daddy Out Painting” Pen and brown ink on paper. Unsigned and undated. Pentekening door Sir William Orpen (toegeschreven) (Geb. Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – overl. London 1931) Met geschreven tekst: “Daddy Out Painting” Afm. 220 x 274 mm

            Hessink's
          • Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA)
            Mar. 25, 2023

            Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA)

            Est: €800 - €1,000

            Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA) (born Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – died London 1931) With written text: “Papa In The Near Future” Pen and brown ink on paper. Unsigned and undated. Pentekening door Sir William Orpen (toegeschreven) (Geb. Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – overl. London 1931) Met geschreven tekst: “Papa In The Near Future” Afm. 222 x 272 mm

            Hessink's
          • Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA)
            Mar. 25, 2023

            Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA)

            Est: €800 - €1,000

            Drawing by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA) (born Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – died London 1931) With written text: “Herbé Of Bottany Bay” Pen and brown ink on paper. Unsigned and undated. Pentekening door Sir William Orpen (Geb. Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – overl. London 1931) Met geschreven tekst: “Herbé Of Bottany Bay” Afm. 252 x 186 mm

            Hessink's
          • Illustrated Letter by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA)
            Mar. 25, 2023

            Illustrated Letter by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA)

            Est: €800 - €1,000

            Illustrated Letter by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA) (born Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – died London 1931) With written text: “Moving The Gipsy Van” Pen and brown ink on paper. Unsigned and undated. Pentekening door Sir William Orpen (Geb. Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – overl. London 1931) Met geschreven tekst: “Moving The Gipsy Van” Afm. 252 x 197 mm

            Hessink's
          • Cheque for SIR WILLIAM ORPEN
            Mar. 25, 2023

            Cheque for SIR WILLIAM ORPEN

            Est: €800 - €1,000

            Cheque for SIR WILLIAM ORPEN (born Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – died London 1931) Cheque of the London & Westminster Bank ltd, South Kensington Branche from 8th of September 1903, with written text “Pay to William Orpen, Twenty Pounds only”, and cancelled with the purple Lothbury stamp. A very rare piece of history. Cheque uitgeschreven aan Sir William Orpen (Geb. Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – overl. London 1931) Gedateerd: 8 september 1903 en “Pay To William Orpen” Afm. 82 x 200 mm

            Hessink's
          • Illustrated Letter by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA)
            Mar. 25, 2023

            Illustrated Letter by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA)

            Est: €800 - €1,000

            Illustrated Letter by Sir William Orpen (KBE, RA, RHA) (born Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – died London 1931) With a fine ink drawing, titeled “The Irish Pig Dance”. Text on both side and an extra small drawing of a town view with a carriage end some peasants. Text starts with: “… I visited Peren(?) Young this morning and spended much money on paint... (or least owed it)..”. Signed below with ‘Orpen’. Undated, pen and black ink on paper Geïllustreerde brief door Sir William Orpen (Geb. Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – overl. London 1931) Getiteld: “The Irish Pig Dance”. Afm. 229 x 138 mm

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          • Self-Portrait by Sir William Orpen
            Mar. 25, 2023

            Self-Portrait by Sir William Orpen

            Est: €800 - €1,000

            Self-Portrait by Sir William Orpen (born Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – died London 1931) William Orpen as a drunk with text: “I have given up drink!” Undated, pen and black ink on paper Pentekening door Sir William Orpen (Geb. Stillorgan, County Dublin 1878 – overl. London 1931) Zelfportret met tekst: “I have given up drink!” Afm. 113 x 176 mm.

            Hessink's
          • SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, R.A., R.H.A. (1878-1931) Private Green; Sketch for 'Sold
            Mar. 22, 2023

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, R.A., R.H.A. (1878-1931) Private Green; Sketch for 'Sold

            Est: £10,000 - £15,000

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, R.A., R.H.A. (1878-1931) Private Green; Sketch for 'Soldiers at the Front, Resting' charcoal on buff paper 16 1/4 x 17 in. (41.2 x 43.2 cm.)

            Christie's
          • SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, R.A., R.H.A. (1878-1931) Study for 'The Western Wedding'
            Mar. 22, 2023

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, R.A., R.H.A. (1878-1931) Study for 'The Western Wedding'

            Est: £30,000 - £50,000

            SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, R.A., R.H.A. (1878-1931) Study for 'The Western Wedding' pencil, watercolour, gouache and oil on board 28 x 20 in. (71.2 x 50.8 cm.)

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