SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, R.W.S., N.E.A.C., R.A., R.H.A. | PORTRAIT OF MR. FRANCIS HENRY EDWARD LIVESAY
3,000 - 5,000 GBP
SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, R.W.S., N.E.A.C., R.A., R.H.A.
PORTRAIT OF MR. FRANCIS HENRY EDWARD LIVESAY
signed u.l.: ORPEN
oil on canvas
112 by 86.5cm., 44 by 34in.
The following condition report has been prepared by Hamish Dewar, Fine Art Conservation:
UNCONDITIONAL AND WITHOUT PREJUDICE
The canvas is unlined and is evenly and securely stretched onto a keyed wooden stretcher and
has a canvas-maker's stamp on the reverse. It is obviously most encouraging to find the
canvas in it's original unlined state and the structural condition would appear to be very good
The paint surface has an even varnish layer. Inspection under ultraviolet light shows small
scattered retouchings including a very thin line on the sitter's forehead with a small spot above
his nose, a repair in the curtain behind the sitter in the upper left of the composition and other
very small spots and lines of inpainting, all of which are of minimal size.
The painting would therefore appear to be in very good and stable condition and no further work is required.
Held in an impressive Bologna style frame, probably late 16th century.
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The Artist's Studio Book (34/07), 1922, 'Mr Livisey £600';
The sitter, and thence by family descent;
Sotheby's, London, 16 May 2003, lot 66
Francis Livesay (1850-1938) was a successful businessman and founder of the insurance company Livesay, Hawthorn and Manby (his partners joined him in 1909 and 1914 respectively). Determined and energetic, his family recalled him swimming in the Serpentine well into his old age.