Orpen, William, Sir, 1878-1931

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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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creatorOf Orpen, William, Sir, 1878-1931. Papers, 1918-1919. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf "Stories of Old Ireland, and Myself" manuscript, undated University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Lovell, Tom, 1909-1997. Tom Lovell papers, circa 1845-1997. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
referencedIn Inventory of The Legion Papers: Rare MSS 00149 ., 1927-1935 Cushing Memorial Library,
referencedIn Orpen, Sir William, 1878-1931 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Central Press Photograph (London). Press photographs of early twentieth century artists and sculptors. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Healy, James Augustine, 1891-1975. James A. Healy collection of Irish literature, 1870-1976. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Brooke, David S. Records and Papers of David Brooke, Director, 1975-1996. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
creatorOf Orpen, William, Sir, 1878-1931. William Orpen sketchbooks and letters, ca. 1889-1895, n.d. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf ORPEN, SIR WILLIAM. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Letters to Sir William Rothenstein from various correspondents, 1900-1945. Houghton Library
creatorOf Wood, Francis Derwent, 1871-1926. Personal and family papers, ca. 1896-1953. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Orpen, William, Sir, 1878-1931. Letter to Lewis S. Benjamin, Hon. Sec. of the Titmarsh Club, July 1, 1925. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Orpen, William, Sir, 1878-1931. Sir William Orpen collection. [ca1901-1920]. University of Victoria Libraries, UVic
creatorOf Orpen, William, Sir, 1878-1931. Sir William Orpen : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
creatorOf Orpen, William, Sir, 1878-1931. William Orpen drawings, 1919. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Sir William Rothenstein correspondence and other papers, 1887-1957. Houghton Library
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associatedWith Brooke, David S. person
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correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Glenavy, Beatrice Moss Campbell, Baroness, 1883-1970. person
associatedWith Healy, James Augustine, 1891-1975. person
associatedWith Legge, Robin H. (Robin Humphrey), 1862-1933. person
associatedWith Lovell, Tom, 1909-1997. person
associatedWith Minchin, Humphrey Cotton person
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Paris Peace Conference (1919-1920) corporateBody
correspondedWith Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945 person
associatedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924. person
associatedWith Wood, Francis Derwent, 1871-1926. person
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Decoration and ornament
Decorative art
Art, British
Art--British (?)--Reproductions
Art--Study and teaching


Birth 1878-11-27

Death 1931-09-29

Irish (Republic of Ireland)



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