SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, R.W.S., N.E.A.C., R.A., R.H.A. | "ORPSIE BOY"
Property from the Collection of Sir Michael Smurfit
SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, R.W.S., N.E.A.C., R.A., R.H.A.
inscribed and dated l.r.: "Orpsie Boy"/ You are not as young as you were, my lad/ Paris 1924
watercolour and pencil
26.5 by 23cm., 10½ by 9in.
The sheet appears sound. Minor abrasion to edge of his right shoulder, only visible upon close inspection. The work appears in very good overall condition with the blue remaining very strong.
Held under glass in a gilt composite frame with a cream mount; unexamined out of frame.
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Possibly Oldham Art Gallery, Oldham (before 1932);
Mrs Henry Toulmin, California (before 1963);
Christie's, London, 9 June 1978, lot 28;
Cyril Leeper Collection, Canada (1979-1989);
Arches Gallery, Belfast, 1989;
Taylor Gallery, Dublin, July 1989
P. G. Konody & S. Dark, Sir William Orpen, Artist and Man, London, 1932, pp.74, 239
London, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, March - May 1924, no.46 (as Self Portrait);
London, Taylor Gallery, Irish Art in the Twentieth Century, June - July 1989, no.27