Sir William Orpen(1878-1931), Painter, Royal Acadamian
Sitter in 28 portraits
Artist associated with 29 portraits
A highly successful portrait painter; Irish-born William Orpen was a War Artist from 1917, painting scenes from the Western Front. In 1919 Orpen began making portraits of political and military leaders in Paris for the Versailles Peace Conference, including two large groups, A Peace Conference at the Quai d'Orsay and The Signing of the Peace in the Hall of Mirrors (Imperial War Museum).
Watch a film clip on the artist from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
- Raymond d’Audemar Orpen (uncle)
- Portrait of the Day: Augustus John
11 December, 12:30