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Welcome to the website of Sir William Orpen, one of the finest portrait painters of the 20th century. Here you will find all of the information related to the 2018 plans for the Sir William Orpen Sculpture. It is so amazing to think that a sketch created by Orpen in 1916 entitled A Dream: “I imagine that Dublin has seen fit to honour me” is set to become a reality, with the eleven foot tall Bronze Sculpture of Sir William Orpen is now complete.

Sculptor Rowan Gillespie created the bust using one of Orpen’s famous self-portraits along with photographs of one of his Grandsons – James Birkin and his Great Grandson – Danny Olivier. We still require funding for the installation and if you would like to be part of this magnificent project you can make a donation by simply clicking on the donate links throughout the website or contact the Projest Manager – Dominic Lee at The Stillorgan Chamber Of Commerce on: 087 260 0755 if you wish to speak to someone in person.

Sculptor Rowan Gillespie measuring Orpen’s Bust

Orpen’s Sketch (circa 1916)

11ft Orpen Sculpture

The Sections

The four smaller bronze sculptures are based on Orpen’s paintings which give an overview of the various aspects of his life’s work – Poilu & Tommy (French & British soldiers) represent his time as an Official War Artist in World War 1. The self-portrait in mirrors represents his fondness for pictorial self-expression along with his fascination with mirrors. The nude of Yvonne Aupicq represents his appreciation of the female form and the final piece will be based on Orpen’s Dream.

Poilu & Tommy, French & British soldiers represent his time as an Official War Artist in World War 1

The self-portrait in mirrors represents his fondness for pictorial self-expression along with his fascination with mirrors

The nude of Yvonne Aupicq represents his appreciation of the female form.

The Final Piece is based on Orpens Sketch ” A Dream: I imagine Dublin has seen fit to honour me”

Final Location

The sculpture will be located just outside the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan (ex Stillorgan Park Hotel). It will be visible from the Stillorgan Duel Carriageway and will have the security required. Originally a house stood in the grounds of the hotel called Talbot Lodge which would have been seen across the fields from Oriel Lodge where William Orpen was born.

The Unveiling

The sculpture will be unveiled in Stillorgan in 2018 by Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones who is a big fan and collector of Orpen’s work.

While there is an option for sponsors to have their name, company name or the name of a loved one engraved on a plaque beside the sculpture for €1000, you can make a donation of any denomination to: The Stillorgan Chamber of Commerce, Priory House, 19 Priory Office Park, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, A94 H7A4 Or send an email to info@priorystudios.ie to request bank details of The Stillorgan Chamber of Commerce.

From Wax to Bronze