Four works by Sir William Orpen from Michael Smurfit’s art collection for auction at Sotheby’s London – Live Auction: 9 September 2020 – 2:30 pm.

Dublin viewing by ticket only (due to Covid) 27th – 30th Aug 2020 at the RHA.

The auction also includes various other works by Sir John Lavery, Jack B. Yeats, Harry Clarke, John Butler Yeats, Harry Kernoff, Gerard Dillon, Walter Osborne, Augustus John and many more.

 Mrs Georgiana Drum by Sir William Orpen.

Signed lower right: ORPEN – Oil on canvas – 127 by 102cm., 50 by 40 inches – Painted in 1920.

Lot: 26 – Estimate: 70,000 – 100,000 GBP.

For more information on the Drum paintings – see http://www.sirwilliamorpen.com/mrs-georgiana-alice-drum-john-s-drum-junior-by-sir-william-orpen/

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John Drum Jnr. by Sir William Orpen.

Signed lower right: ORPEN – Oil on canvas – 91.5 by 76cm., 36 by 30 inches – Painted in 1920.

Lot: 34 – Estimate: 30,000 – 50,000 GBP.

For more information on the Drum paintings – see http://www.sirwilliamorpen.com/mrs-georgiana-alice-drum-john-s-drum-junior-by-sir-william-orpen/

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Self Portrait by Sir William Orpen.

Inscribed and dated lower right: “Orpsie Boy”/ You are not as young as you were, my lad/ Paris 1924.

Watercolour and Pencil – 26.5 by 23cm., 10½ by 9 inches.

Lot: 23 – Estimate: 12,000 – 18,000 GBP.

For more information on the ‘Orpsie Boy’ portraits, see http://www.sirwilliamorpen.com/two-orpsie-boy-self-portraits-by-sir-william-orpen/

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Night by Sir William Orpen.

Signed lower right: ORPEN – Oil on canvas – 107 by 79cm., 42 by 31in – Painted circa 1907.

Lot: 21 – Estimate: 80,000 – 120,000 GBP.

For more information on the ‘Night’ series see http://www.sirwilliamorpen.com/night-series-by-sir-william-orpen/

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Sotheby’s auction website and some newspaper articles re the Michael Smurfit sale: –

https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/irish-art?locale=en

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/sothebys-irish-art-with-highlights-from-sir-michael-smurfits-collection-tickets-110803662738?aff=ebdssbeac

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/i-hope-others-will-be-able-to-gain-the-joy-from-them-michael-smurfit-to-auction-off-k-club-artwork-worth-6m-39266285.html

https://www.irishpost.com/life-style/irish-businessman-puts-5million-worth-of-art-up-for-auction-to-pass-on-the-joy-187206

Post by Dominic Lee.