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Orpen, Sir William, 1878-1931
[Cropped letter from William Orpen to Mrs St George with a sketch on the reverse of the artist with a group of children at the seaside]
Handwritten letter which Orpen sent to Mrs St George while on holiday with his family in Howth. The letter has been cropped to remove some of the text. In the section that remains Orpen writes that 'father has been sitting today', he also asks about moving 'Mr Baker's picture' and mentions that 'wife's got a bad pain in her middle' from eating mushrooms as 'there must be some poison in the fields.' On the reverse is a humorous sketch of the artist on the beach surrounded by children.
Graves Collection of William Orpen Letters
23.2 x 20.4 cm.
Ink on paper
Presented by Mrs Vivien Graves to the National Gallery of Ireland in 1974.
Orpen painted the oil painting 'The Artists' Parents' in 1911 Orpen painted George F. Baker's portrait three times in 1910. The portraits were painted for Mr Baker, Mrs St George and the First National Bank, New York. Mr Baker was Chairman of the banks Board of Directors. From 1909 to 1915 Orpen rented a house every summer at the Cliffs, Howth, where he and his family spent the summer holidays.
By appointment only
Private Collection
Illustrated letter
Prints & Drawings Department