Morgan O’Driscoll ‘Off the Wall’ Online Art Auction. Bidding Ends Tuesday 31st October 2023. Between 6.30 pm & 11.55 pm.

Lot: 83.

Title: Begging Letter, Arts Club, London.

Signed lower right by Orpen.

Medium: printed letter.

Size: 25 x 20.30 centimeters (9.8 x 8 inches).

Framed Size: 49 x 44.5 centimeters (19.3 x 17.5 inches).

Provenance: Private Collection.

Estimate: €400 – €600.

UPDATE, SOLD FOR €480 (Hammer Price).


9th July 1928.

“My dear Sir, Please forgive me, I am writing for money. I am begging! I know it, and I don’t like it! But I’ve got to, as I have been elected by the Arts Club, London, to act for them as Steward for The Artist’s General Benevolent Institution 1928.9. Which really means, collect all the money I can for this worthy charity. Will you help me? Yes, please!

Yours Sincerely, William Orpen.

N.B. All cheques to be made payable to me, please”.


Post by Dominic Lee, Orpen Research Archives.