Portrait of Charles William Wallace (1855 – 1916)


Sir William Orpen N.E.A.C., R.A., H.R.H.A. (Irish, 1878-1931).


Bonhams – Modern British & Irish Art sale on the 28 April 2021.

Lot No. 136.

Medium: Oil on canvas.
Size: 91.5 x 71cm (36 x 27 15/16in).

 Estimate: £3,000 – £5,000  (€ 3,500 – €5,800).

Charles William Wallace, and by family descent.
Private Collection, U.K.

T.A.B. Corley, A History of the Burmah Oil Company, 1886-1924, Heinemann, London, 1983, figure 10, illustrated.

Charles William Wallace was born in Calcutta on 21 November 1855, he died 2 August 1916 at the age of 60) following his educated at Framlingham College, Suffolk, he traveled back to India in the 1870s. There, he worked first for a major merchant company which he then helped to re-found in 1886 as Shaw Wallace & Co. He later worked as a Director of Burmah Oil from 1902-15 and from 1909 he also became vice-chairman and managing director of a new firm, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.

Link to Bonhams Auction: –



Foot Note: Charles Wallace’s Will:

All possessions great and small, being acquired through the people, as mine were, should return to the people”.

The following four Trusts were established to as a result: –

Post by Dominic Lee – William Orpen Research Archives.