A beautiful copy of William Orpen’s book – ‘An Onlooker in France’ comes up for auction at Whyte’s Dublin – September 16, 2019, 6:00 PM GMT. Ballsbridge, Ireland.

Lot 37: Sir William Orpen KBE RA RI RHA (1878-1931) AN ONLOOKER IN FRANCE 1917 – 1919, with ink drawing and signed inscription.

Estimate: €1,000 – €1,500.


Item Overview from Whyte’s catalogue:

Description: Williams and Northgate, London, 1921. Octavo gilt lettered green cloth hardcover with dust jacket. Ink drawing on ffep, inscribed [To Lord Dewar, in memory of many happy hours trying to paint him. William Orpen, London 1924.] includes 96 black and white plates.
Dimensions: height: 10.50, width: 8, dept: 2 inches.
Artist or Maker: Sir William Orpen K.B.E., R.A., R.I., R.H.A., (1878-1931).
Provenance: Peter Nahum, London, 1986.
Collection of George and Maura McClelland.
Notes: Accompanied by Peter Nahum invoice.

Listen to William Orpen’s grandson Richard Olivier reading an extract from An Onlooker in France: – http://www.sirwilliamorpen.com/video-of-william-orpens-grandson-reading-an-extract-from-orpens-book-an-onlooker-in-france/

Lord Dewar by Sir William Orpen.

Link to more info on Lord Dewar see this previous blog post:- http://www.sirwilliamorpen.com/grand-national-champion-sergeant-murphy-things-sir-william-orpen/

Link to Whyte’s Auction details: – https://www.whytes.ie/art/an-onlooker-in-france-1917-1919-with-ink-drawing-and-signed-inscription/167804/?SearchString=&LotNumSearch=&GuidePrice=&OrderBy=LN&ArtistID=&ArrangeBy=list&NumPerPage=15&offset=36

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