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Orpen, Sir William, 1878-1931
[Cropped letter from William Orpen to Mrs St George with a sketch of the artist on the reverse]
Handwritten letter which has been cropped to remove the top half of the letter. Orpen sent this letter to Mrs St George while visiting the west of Ireland. He writes that he hopes she and her family 'are not bitterly disapointed at the portait'. On the reverse is a self-portrait sketch similar to the oil painting 'The man of Aran' (1909).
Graves Collection of William Orpen Letters
12.5 x 20.2 cm.
Ink on paper
Presented by Mrs Vivien Graves to the National Gallery of Ireland in 1974.
In the text Orpen mentions 'the boat house' which may suggest that the portrait he is writing about is the 1909 portrait of 'Gardenia', which he painted in the boat house of Screebe Lodge. Orpen painted the self-portrait 'The Man of Aran' in 1909.
By appointment only
Private Collection
Illustrated letter
Prints & Drawings Department