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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'Orsayand The Signing of the Peace in the Hall of Mirrors (Imperial War Museum).

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William Orpen, by Sir William Orpen - NPG 5267

William Orpen

by Sir William Orpen
pencil, circa 1898
NPG 5267

Augustus John, by Sir William Orpen - NPG 4252

Augustus John

by Sir William Orpen
oil on canvas, exhibited 1900
On display in Room 22 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4252

Group associated with the New English Art Club, by Sir William Orpen - NPG 6345

Group associated with the New English Art Club

by Sir William Orpen
pencil, black chalk (or charcoal), pen, ink and watercolour, circa 1904
NPG 6345

William Orpen, by Sir William Orpen - NPG 2638

William Orpen

by Sir William Orpen
pencil and wash, 1910
NPG 2638

William Orpen, by Sir William Orpen - NPG 5982

William Orpen

by Sir William Orpen
oil on canvas, circa 1910
NPG 5982

Winston Churchill, by Sir William Orpen - NPG L250

Winston Churchill

by Sir William Orpen
oil on canvas, 1916
On display at Imperial War Museum, London
NPG L250

William Ferguson Massey, by Sir William Orpen - NPG 2639

William Ferguson Massey

by Sir William Orpen
oil on canvas, 1919
NPG 2639

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