The Roscommon Dragoon by Sir William Orpen – Calotype print for auction.



Sir William Orpen K.B.E., R.A., R.I., R.H.A. (1878-1931).

Auction Estimate: €600 – €800.

Signed in pencil lower right, also signed in the plate lower right.

Medium: colour collotype; (from a limited edition of 300).

Size: 16 x 13½in. (40.64 x 34.29cm).

Framed Size: 24 x 19.25in. (60.96 x 48.9cm).

Condition: This work appears to be in very good condition.

The Christmas Sale of Art & Collectibles – 13 December 2021.

Published by the Fine Art Society, London, in a limited edition of 300, circa 1919.
The sitter is Vera Hone, wife of W. B. Yeats’ biographer Joseph Hone and a neighbour of Orpen’s at Howth. Renowned as Orpen’s favourite model, she is depicted here in an Armagh Infantry militia tunic of about 1865, holding a shako of the Roscommon Infantry militia of about 1830 (see Arnold, Orpen: Mirror to an Age, page 285).

At Whyte’s Galleries, 38 Molesworth St, Dublin 2.
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Monday 13 December, 10am to 5pm.
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Ends from 6pm on Monday 13 December.
‌This is a timed online-only auction.


A study of Vera Hone for The Roscommon Dragoon by Sir William Orpen (not in this auction).

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Post by Dominic Lee, Orpen Research Archives.