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Orpen, Sir William, 1878-1931
[Illustrated letter from William Orpen to Mrs St George with a preliminary sketch of 'Gardenia on a Donkey']
Handwritten letter, on Metropolitan School of Art headed paper, in which Orpen writes to Mrs St George concerning an idea for the composition of the oil painting 'Gardenia on a Donkey' (1910). Orpen illustrates the idea in a rough sketch.
Graves Collection of William Orpen Letters
23.5 x 18.6 cm.
Ink on paper
Presented by Mrs Vivien Graves to the National Gallery of Ireland in 1974.
Orpen painted four portraits of Gardenia St George between 1907 and 1910, all at Screebe Lodge, Co. Galway. 'Gardenia on a Donkey' was the last of the four.
By appointment only
Private Collection
Illustrated letter
Prints & Drawings Department
William Orpen's Letters to Mrs St George