William Newenham Montague Orpen
(1878 - 1931)
William Newenham Montague Orpen was active/lived in England, Ireland. William Orpen is known for portraits of prominent persons, war themed painting.
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Sir William Orpen (1878-1931)
One of the greatest painters in the history of Irish art, Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen, was a skillful and sympathetic Irish portraitist of the traditional school of academic art. During a lifetime devoted to portrait art, he painted about 600 portraits, including those of David Lloyd-George (British Prime Minister), Woodrow Wilson (US President) and Sir Douglas Haig (British commander in WWI).
Born in Stillorgan, County Dublin, the son of a solicitor, William Orpen studied drawing and painting at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art and later figure drawing and figure painting at the Slade School of Art in London under Henry Tonks, where he studied the Old Masters, with particular emphasi
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