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 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.