Portrait of Francis Henry Edward Livesay by Sir William Orpen.

Signed – Orpen – Top left.
Oil on canvas.
44 by 34 inches.

Sotheby’s Live Auction: 10 November 2020 • London.

 Lot: 39 – Estimate: 3,000 – 5,000 GBP.

UPDATE: SOLD for £5,670.

Francis Livesay (1850-1938) was a successful businessman and founder of the insurance company Livesay, Hawthorn and Manby (his partners joined him in 1909 and 1914 respectively). Determined and energetic, his family recalled him swimming in the Serpentine well into his old age. 


The Artist’s Studio Book (34/07), 1922, ‘Mr Livisey £600.

The sitter, and thence by family descent.

Previous sale: Sotheby’s, London, 16 May 2003, lot 66.


Text from Sotheby’s catalogue.

Post by Dominic Lee, Orpen Research Project.