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Sir William Orpen R.A., R.H.A.

Self-Portrait with Ginger Ale | Autoportrait avec Ginger Ale

Sir William Orpen R.A., R.H.A.

Sir William Orpen R.A., R.H.A.

Self-Portrait with Ginger Ale | Autoportrait avec Ginger Ale

Self-Portrait with Ginger Ale | Autoportrait avec Ginger Ale

Sir William Orpen R.A., R.H.A.

1878 - 1931

Self-Portrait with Ginger Ale


signed Orps (lower right), dated March 1922 (upper left) and inscribed

pencil, pen and ink and wash on 'Chatham Bar & Grill-Room' headed paper

unframed: 21 by 13.5cm.; 8¼ by 5¼in.

framed: 44.5 by 35.5cm.; 17½ by 14in.

Executed in 1922.

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Sir William Orpen R.A., R.H.A.

1878 - 1931

Autoportrait avec Ginger Ale


signé Orps (en bas à droite), daté mars 1922 (en haut à gauche) et portant l'inscription suivante

Crayon, plume et encre et lavis sur papier à en-tête "Chatham Bar & Grill-Room"

san cadre: 21 by 13.5cm.; 8¼ by 5¼in.

avec cadre: 44.5 by 35.5cm.; 17½ by 14in.

Exécuté en 1922.

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Duncan Tate and thence by descent to the previous owners

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Duncan Tate et de là, par filiation, aux propriétaires précédents

"Paree!

That's the place for me

Just across the sea

From Dover!


Come along boys you can get 'blotto' here 

on ginger Ale - and they are always 

'large ones'."


Drawn on a letter head from ‘Chatham, Bar and Grill-Room, 17 Rue Daunou, Paris’, the present work is characteristic of the witty, gossipy and self-depreciating letters Orpen would write to friends. The artist often spent time in Paris, the present example dating to March 1922. Orpen appears to be lamenting his self-restraint of sticking to ginger ale only.


Duncan Tate was an architect and close friend of Orpen’s and was one of the group with whom he dined regularly at a number of clubs, including the Savile, Buck’s, the Chelsea Arts Club and the Arts Club. Tate was also employed by Orpen to refashion his house and studio at 9 South Bolton Gardens.

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Dessinée sur un papier à en-tête de " Chatham, Bar and Grill-Room, 17 Rue Daunou, Paris ", la présente œuvre est caractéristique des lettres pleines d'esprit, de ragots et d'autodépréciation qu'Orpen écrivait à ses amis. L'artiste passait souvent du temps à Paris, le présent exemple datant de mars 1922. Orpen semble se lamenter sur la retenue dont il faisait preuve en ne buvant que du soda au gingembre.


Duncan Tate, architecte et ami proche d'Orpen, faisait partie du groupe avec lequel il dînait régulièrement dans un certain nombre de clubs, notamment le Savile, le Buck's, le Chelsea Arts Club et l'Arts Club. Tate a également été employé par Orpen pour réaménager sa maison et son studio au 9 South Bolton Gardens.