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Orpen, Sir William, 1878-1931
[Illustrated letter from William Orpen to Mrs St George with a watercolour sketch entitled 'Myself and Cupid']
Handwritten letter on 8, South Bolton Gardens headed paper. Orpen states while he is writing this letter 'they are taking away the picture to Pittsburgh'. Above the text is a watercolour sketch of the oil painting 'Myself and Cupid'. The sketch indicates colours and details, to give Mrs St George an idea of what the painting looks like.
Graves Collection of William Orpen Letters
nd
25.6 x 20.5 cm.
Watercolour, Ink and pencil on paper
Presented by Mrs Vivien Graves to the National Gallery of Ireland in 1974.
Cupid in the painting, is an adaptation of Andrea del Verrocchio's Boy with Dolphin. The sculpture was a popular plaster cast among art schools of the time and liked by Orpen. It appears in other Orpen paintings such as 'The Poet' (1921) and was included in 'To the Unknown British Soldier in France' (1922) but later painted over.
By appointment only
Private Collection
Illustrated letter
Prints & Drawings Department
William Orpen's Letters to Mrs St George