Edward, Prince of Wales (Later King Edward VIII) by Sir William Orpen.

This page is from in an American magazine. The text implies it was an interview with Prince Edward at some time in the 1930’s. Orpen died in 1931 and Prince Edward became King Edward VIII  in 1936 (he abdicated later the same year so he could marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson and was then created Duke of Windsor).

The painting was commissioned by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland in December 1922 but due to considerable discussions between Orpen, the club and the Prince the picture was not completed for 5 years. It was hung in the Clubhouse in September 1927.

Oil on Canvas – 209 x 107 centimeters.

Edward, Prince of Wales by Sir William Orpen – (signed bottom left).

Orpen also painted Edwards father King George V presenting the Order of the Thistle (Order of Chivalry) to Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, KT, GCB, OM, GCVO, KCIE on 31 July 1917 at Châtellerie De Schoebeque, Cassel, France.


Post by Dominic Lee, Orpen Research Archives. See also www.facebook.com/SirWilliamOrpen and www.twitter.com/SirWilliamOrpen