Modern & Post-War British Art sale, 16 April 2019, 1pm at Chiswick Auctions includes two drawings by William Orpen.

Lot 130.

SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, R.A. (1878-1931).
Albert Rutherston with his model.
Signed with initials and dated W.O. 1899 (lower right)

red charcoal.
12 x 15 3/4 inches. (30.5 x 40 cm.).

Provenance: Christopher Fry and by descent. Estimate: £1000 – £2000.

Additional notes: (1) The nude model is probably a Slade Art School model. Albert Rutherston (born Rothenstein 1881 – 1953) was a British artist. He painted figures and landscapes, illustrated books and designed posters and stage sets. Rutherston  attended the Slade at the same time as William Orpen and they were friends. Along with another fellow student – Augustus John they were known as the ‘Three Musketeers’.

 (2) Christopher Fry (1907 –  2005) was an English poet and playwright. He is best known for his verse dramas, notably The Lady’s Not for Burning.


Lot 134.

SIR WILLIAM ORPEN, R.A. (1878-1931).

Bearded man in an antique costume.
signed ‘ORPEN’ (lower right).

charcoal on buff paper.
14 x 11 inches. (35.5 x 28 cm.).

The Vincent Price Collection.  Estimate: £1,000 – £1,500.

Additional note:  Vincent Price (1911 – 1993) was an American actor, he is best known for his performances in horror films.


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Post by Dominic Lee.