Orpen, William, Sir, 1878-1931

Alternative names
Birth 1878-11-27
Death 1931-09-29
Irish (Republic of Ireland)

Biographical notes:

Sir William Orpen, born in Dublin, Ireland, was a portrait painter. He resided in Ireland and England and was friend of W.B. Yeats. Orpen studied at the Metropolitan School of Art (Dublin) and Slade School, and became an official artist in World War I. The University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections has a mandate to acquire literary papers.

From the description of Sir William Orpen collection. [ca1901-1920]. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 651603423

William Orpen was a well-known society portrait artist in London and served in the Army Service Corps as an official war artist during World War I. He was knighted in 1918 for his service and was appointed the official portrait artist of the Paris Peace Conference. After the war, Orpen continued to paint and published his memoris and other books on art.

From the description of William Orpen drawings, 1919. (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 422740277

English painter.

From the description of Papers, 1918-1919. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 80461070

Irish painter and writer.

From the description of William Orpen sketchbooks and letters, ca. 1889-1895, n.d. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 146001140

British artist; member of the Royal Academy.

From the description of Letter to Lewis S. Benjamin, Hon. Sec. of the Titmarsh Club, July 1, 1925. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122551683

Dublin-born artist Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen, R. A. (1878–1931) was a noted painter. He was a cousin of writer Lady Gregory and painter Hugh Lane.

Bruce Arnold, "Orpen, Sir William Newenham Montague (1878–1931)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004. http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/35331. (accessed April 10, 2007).

From the guide to the "Stories of Old Ireland, and Myself" manuscript, undated, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)


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