© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Sir William Orpen Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, exhibited 1900
39 in. x 37 in. (991 mm x 940 mm)
Given by the Art Fund, 1962
- Augustus Edwin John (1878-1961), Painter. Sitter in 101 portraits, Artist associated with 33 portraits.
- Sir William Orpen (1878-1931), Painter, Royal Acadamian. Artist associated with 29 portraits, Sitter in 28 portraits.
Orpen and John met while studying at the Slade and became constant companions. Fifty years later John criticised this portrait for not conveying 'the shy, dreamy and reticent character of its model'. It is in fact one of Orpen's finest early portraits of a young artist whose behaviour was often far from 'reticent'.
- Audio Guide
- Bakewell, Michael, Character Sketches: Fitzrovia: London's Bohemia, 1999, p. 18
- Funnell, Peter (introduction); Marsh, Jan, A Guide to Victorian and Edwardian Portraits, 2011, p. 18
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 338
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 177
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