Lot 183: The Cream Tarts by William Orpen. One of six works by Orpen for sale at Christie’s London – Modern British Art Day Sale 18th June 2019. The other five are included in previous posts.

Estimate £8,000 – £12,000. Sir William Orpen, R.A., R.H.A. (1878 – 1931).

 ‘THE CREAM TARTS’ by William Orpen.
Pencil, charcoal, watercolour and chalk on buff paper.
12 3/4 x 15
3/8 inches.


Kit Casey, the artist’s daughter, from whom purchased by the present owner.


Exhibition catalogue, Edwardian Impressions, London, Pyms Gallery, 1981, n.p., no. 46, illustrated.


London, Pyms Gallery, Edwardian Impressions, October – November 1981, no. 46.

Around 1900, two Slade School of Fine Art students, William Orpen and Augustus John, frequented the seedy public houses and restaurants around Piccadilly. In these hard-drinking sessions John appears as a thickly bearded rake and Orpen, his diminutive sidekick.
For Professor Kenneth McConkey’s full catalogue entry on this lot, please see www.christies.com

Text from Christie’s catalogue. Post by Dominic Lee.