‘After the Ball’ by Sir William Orpen (1878-1931).

Oil on canvas (53 x 41 inches) depicting masked and caped couples just outside a building.

Signed lower left “Orpen”.

Provenance: Daniel B. Grossman Inc. at 1100 Madison Avenue, New York.

Exhibition labels attached to stretcher, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, partial label cat#233 ? year “After the Ba” second label #271 “After the Ball” “W. Orpen”, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1927.

Cobbs Auctioneers Peterborough USA 7th Aug 2021.

 Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000.

Price Realised: $60,000 = $72,000 with premium (US Dollars).


Studies for the painting.

After the Ball study by William Orpen.

A second study by William Orpen (both in private collection).

Sir William Orpen at work in his Chelsea studio by James Sleator R.H.A. (1886–1950). Note the masked figurines on the dresser behind Orpen. Possibly owned by or given to Orpen by Sir Hugh Lane.

Study for After the Ball by William Orpen (Royal Academy of Arts).


Post by Dominic Lee – Orpen Research Archives.