Two Orpen works for auction by Morgan O’Driscoll, Skibbereen, Co Cork, Ireland.

Auction Date 24/06/2024, ends 18:51 pm.

Sir William Orpen – Lot: 28.

Singer (Theatre Study) by

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

Medium: Red chalk on paper.

Size: 20½ x 16cm (8.1 x 6.3 inches).

Framed size: 51 x 44cm (20.1 x 17.3in)

Provenance: Pyms Gallery, London (label verso);
Private Collection.

Estimate: €800 – €1200.

UPDATE: Sold for €750 (hammer price).



Sir William Orpen was a Stillorgan-born artist. He attended the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin (now NCAD) and then the Slade Art School in London. He was an official war artist during WWI.

There is currently an exhibition of his paintings, drawings, illustrated letters and memorabilia in Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park, Dublin which runs till 25th Aug. 2024.  The exhibition also contains several works by various members of his family, including his niece Bea Orpen.


Bea Orpen – Lot: 88.

Dingle, Co. Kerry by Bea Orpen H.R.H.A. (1913 – 1980).

 Gouache and Watercolour (signed lower left).

Estimate: €500 – €700.

Update: Sold for €500 (hammer price).

Auction Date & end time – 24/06/2024 – 19.36 pm.

Bea Orpen (1913-1980).

Size: 36 x 51cm (14.2 x 20.1 inches).

Framed size: 55.5 x 69cm (21.9 x 27.2 inches).


Link to Morgan O’Driscoll Auction-

Post by Dominic Lee, Orpen Research Archives.