Auction of 5 Reproductions of William Orpen’s drawings from a ‘Portfolio of 10 which were reproduced under the artist’s personal supervision, upon superior plate paper 23 x 18. A strictly limited edition of signed proofs in Portfolio complete – available at 2 Pounds 2 shillings. Packing and carriage 2 Shillings extra. A few impressions of the plates will be issued at 5 shillings each. Packing and post 1 Shilling extra’.

The 8th Nov 2018 auction items include this one:- After Bathing (Howth, County Dublin, 1913) Photo-lithograph (Black and White print).

Kit Casey, Orpen’s Daughter, when asked in 1996, thought that the man was someone called Stagg, the female model looking directly at the artist was Mrs Vera Hone, and believed the third model, who is topless and whose face is covered by her hair, was her mother Grace (it wasn’t PC for an artist to paint his wife in the nude).

Original is a Watercolour and Pencil on paper 19.5 X 29 inches by Sir William Orpen at Mildura Art Centre, Australia.

The 5 in the auction are: – After Bathing, Sewing the Seed, Winner, Breeze and The Bather. Each with printed title and signature below the image, published (as a set of 10) by the Chenil Gallery, Chelsea, 1913, plate size 9 and a half by 12 and three quarter inches), or inverse, matching black frames, glazed. Auction at Dominic Winter Auctions South Cerney, Near Cirencester, UK. Lot 501: 8th November 2018.

Lot Sold for £580 Sterling.

Post by Dominic Lee, Orpen Research archives who may be contacted via Facebook/SirWilliamOrpen or Twitter/SirWilliamOrpen