Sir William Orpen Exhibition
‘A Family Legacy’

THE 2024 ORPEN EXHIBITION

Welcome to the captivating realm of Major Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen, KBE, RA, RHA – in an exciting, new exhibition.

‘A Family Legacy’ is a six-month exhibition of paintings, artworks and memorabilia of the Orpen family, being hosted at Farmleigh Gallery, at Phoenix Park, in Dublin. It includes many rarely seen items from the Orpen Research Archives – and is accompanied by a 60-page, Fine Art Catalogue, showing many previously unseen treasures of the Orpen Family.

With paintings, illustrated letters, drawings, watercolours and memorabilia on display – the exhibition is a cornucopia of delights, showcasing rarely seen items by Sir William Orpen; his father Arthur, mother Annie, brother Richard, sister-in-law Cherry, daughter Diana, niece Bea and cousin Thomas.

UNIQUE, UNSEEN ITEMS FROM THE ORPEN ARCHIVES

In this exhibition, we journey through the Orpen Research Archives, passing milestones that define the life and work of this enigmatic figure – and also of his friends and family. It’s a unique event, curated by Dominic Lee, who, on the death of his friend, Chris Pearson, took over the Orpen Research Archives. More than 100 items are on display, many of which have been stored in boxes for more than 90 years. Many personal items and exhibits were also loaned for the duration, for which we are grateful.


PURCHASE THE FINE ART CATALOGUE FROM THE EXHIBITION

To accompany the exhibition, we have created a stunning, 60 page Fine Art Catalogue showing many of the images and artefacts on display.

To add an element of surprise for visitors, some items in the exhibition are not included in the publication – but we encourage you to visit and see for yourselves, and to purchase a copy for posterity (this is a limited edition).

All proceeds from the sale of the Orpen Exhibition catalogue will be going towards The Orpen Prize.

EXHIBITION MARKS THE LAUNCH OF THE ORPEN PRIZE

This exhibition also marks the launch of The Orpen Prize – a prestigious new competition for Irish Artists, inviting self-portraits that capture a moment in time when they were ‘ready to start’ their own careers. Find out more.