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 Lady Orpen
exhibited 1907
Sir William Orpen  (1878-1931) Irish painter
Tate Gallery, London
 Oil on canvas
 97.2 x 86.4 cm
Presented by Alfred A. de Pass 1920
 Jpg: Tate Gallery 
From: Tate Gallery
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Orpen's portrait of his wife was painted while they wereon a holiday at Margate with William and Mabel Nicholson and their children. They had been married only for a few years, and he portrayed her repeatedly. This portrait was studied by artificial light, and the stormy background added later, with its glimpse of sea and sand dune. The Orpens and Nicholsons loved to dress up. This conglomeration of gloves, scarf, veil, black ostrich feather and bonnet may not have been meant seriously, is private paintings. He was then just beginning his hardworking career as a society portrait painter, which was to lead to a great number of portraits of spectacular but prosaic realism. 



    By:  Natasha Wallace
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    Created 4/17/2002