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Orpen, Sir William, 1878-1931
[Cropped letter from William Orpen to Mrs St George with a sketch of 'Boy with Dolphin']
Handwritten letter which has been cropped removing the majority of the text. In the fragment that remains, there is a sketch of Andrea del Verrocchio's sculpture, 'Boy with Dolphin'.
Graves Collection of William Orpen Letters
16.8 x 11.6 cm.
Ink on paper
Presented by Mrs Vivien Graves to the National Gallery of Ireland in 1974.
Andrea del Verrocchio's 'Boy with Dolphin' was a popular plaster cast among art schools of the time and liked by Orpen. It appears in a number of Orpen's paintings including 'The Poet' (1921) and was in 'To the Unknown British Soldier in France' (1922) but later painted over.
By appointment only
Private Collection
Illustrated letter
Prints & Drawings Department
Sir William Orpen