Morgan O’Driscoll – Irish & International Online Art Auction 27th October 2020.

Cara Copland’s copy of ‘An Onlooker in France, (1917-1919) by Sir William Orpen (1878-1931).

Estimate: €1,200 – €1,800. UPDATE – Sold for €4,400 (Hammer price).

Cara (Charlotte) Copland was a close friend of William Orpen from around 1920 and cared for him while he was ill prior to his death in 1931. He wrote over 100 letters to her which often included a sketch, a cartoon or a drawing.

Signature: inscribed with self-portrait, signed and dated by the artist 1924.

To Ms Cara Copland from her friend William Orpen 1924.

“I’m a bit fed up with this job, I want to go home 1917” (referring to his time in France during WW1).

Medium: book – published by Williams and Norgate 1924.

Size: 25.30 x 20 x 4cm (10 x 7.9 x 1.6 inches).

Provenance: Private Collection.

‘A Friend in Need’ by Sir William Orpen.

Photo of Cara Copland (photo possibly from her passport).

Cara (Charlotte) Tennant Copland was born in 1896 in Havre Des Pas, St.Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands. She was the daughter of Charles Copland and Gertrude Tennant who married 18th August 1885.

Cara died 14th June 1964 at St John and St Elizabeth Hospital, Marylebone, London, England (Age 68).


See Morgan O’Driscoll sale details:


Morgan O’Driscoll, 1 Ilen Street, Skibbereen, Cork, P81 P021, Ireland.
Friday 16th October 2020, 11am – 5pm.
Saturday 17th October 2020, 11am – 5pm.
Sunday 18th October 2020, 11am – 5pm.

Dublin Viewing:

Morgan O’Driscoll, 51/52 Fitzwilliam Square West, Dublin, D02 X504, Ireland.
Friday 23rd October 2020: 11am – 6pm.
Saturday 24th October 2020: 11am – 6pm.
Sunday 25th October 2020: 11am – 6pm.
Monday 26th October 2020: 11am – 4pm.

Post by Dominic Lee, Orpen Research Project (much of the text is from the Morgan O’Driscoll catalogue).