Irish Art Sale from Pyms Gallery (Hobart Collection).
Sotheby’s Paris auction on 10th May 2023.
Sale includes these four works by Sir William Orpen.
‘Walking in the Evening with the Chimpanzee’ by Sir William Orpen.
Text reads:- “Dear Bunny, (Orpen’s daughter Mary) this is Dad walking in the evening with the chimpanzee”.
Size: 13 x 8¼ inches.
Estimate: €2,000 – €3,000.
‘The Normandy Cider Press’ by Sir William Orpen (1900).
Signed ORPEN (lower left). Oil on canvas.
Size unframed 21 x 30 inches.
Estimate: €30,000 – 50,000 EUR.
‘Found at Last’ by Sir William Orpen.
Size 13 x 8½ inches.
Estimate €2,000 – €3,000.
‘Trying to Draw this Rabbit’ by Sir William Orpen.
Self-portrait, illustrated letter on Dublin Metropolitan School of Art headed paper, pencil, ink & watercolour.
Text reads:- “My Dearest wife, this for Mary on the train, hope you will have a fine day and a safe journey, the drawing shows me trying to draw the rabbit, and the cow is not quite sure if I’m doing it right or not. I have stupidly just torn my picture. No news (reverse) and no news is good news except that the man from Toronto is coming about the second of August. I am working on Mother coming to stay at Howth and let me paint her while Father is away, I think she might. Much love to you all, your loving father, Billion.”
Size: 13¼ x 8 inches.
Estimate: €3,500 – €4,500.
Post by Dominic Lee, Orpen Research Archives.