Sir Max Beerbohm Bravura: Sir William Orpen 1914

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Artwork details

Artist
Sir Max Beerbohm 1872–1956
Title
Bravura: Sir William Orpen
Date 1914
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 394 x 283 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Simon Nowell Smith 1952
Reference
N06043
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Catalogue entry

N06043 BRAVURA. SIR WILLIAM ORPEN 1914
 
Inscr. ‘Bravura. Mr. Orpen trying whether it wouldn't be possible to paint, for the Uffizi, one mirror's reflection of another's reflection of a soap-bubble's reflection of himself. May 1914’ t.l.
Pencil and watercolour, 15 1/2×11 1/8 (39·5×28·25).
Presented by Simon Nowell Smith 1952.
Coll: Leicester Galleries, 1921, bought by Charles Rutherston (d. 1926);...; Frank Hollings, bought at Sotheby's c. 1930–5; Simon Nowell Smith.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, May 1921 (53).

The reference is to the gallery of self-portraits in the Uffizi, Florence, though Beerbohm has anticipated by some ten years Orpen's gift to that gallery of a self-portrait painted in 1925. For a picture in which Orpen uses the effect of a reflection in a mirror see 'The Mirror' in the Tate Gallery (N02940).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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