Sir William Orpen

The Model


Not on display

Sir William Orpen 1878–1931
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 540 × 692 mm
frame: 792 × 942 × 38 mm
Presented by Sir Robert Witt through the Art Fund 1920

Catalogue entry

N03530 THE MODEL 1911

Not inscribed.
Watercolour, 21 1/4×27 1/4 (54×69·5).
Presented by Sir Robert Witt through the National Art-Collections Fund 1920.
Exh: (?) Century of Art, 1810–1910, International Society, June–July 1911 (298); R.A., Late Members, winter 1933 (756).
Lit: Konody and Dark, 1932, p.283, repr. pl.4.
Repr: N.A.C.F. Report 1920, 1921, p.38; Pickle, 1923, pl.34; V. & A., Twentieth Century British Water-Colours, 1958, pl.8.

Not included in Konody and Dark's list of dateable works, but dated 1911 opposite the reproduction. The artist sketching is Alfred Rich, whom Orpen also painted in oils in 1910 as ‘The Sketcher’ (repr. Konody and Dark, 1932, pl.52). The painting of a nude shown hanging on the wall behind the model is by Orpen and exists in two versions, one of 1906 (repr. Konody and Dark, 1932, pl.35), and a life-size replica of 1910 (repr. Pickle, 1923, pl.14). The drawing exhibited at the N.E.A.C., winter 1910, as ‘The draughtsman and his model’ is a different work and was bequeathed by Alfred Rich to the V. & A. (repr. Pickle, 1923, pl.33, as ‘The Open-Air Class’). For Alfred Rich see pp.548–9.

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

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