The eleven foot tall Bronze Sculpture of Sir William Orpen is almost complete. It will be unveiled in Stillorgan in 2016 by Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones who is a big fan and collector of Orpen’s work. Sculptor Rowan Gillespie created the bust using one of Orpen’s famous self-portraits along with photographs of one […]
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The Imperial War Museum refused to pay Orpen for his final painting but accepted it several years later when Orpen agreed to paint out the two ghosts and angels. The original and the final paintings are part of this slideshow.
Painted by Orpen as a wedding present from the Orpen family to Daphne Harmsworth on the occasion of her marriage to Capt Colin Brodie in 1928.
There are a number of reasons why I chose the song “Roses of Picardy” to accompany this slide show of paintings by Sir William Orpen:
The song was written in 1916 (by Frederick Weatherly) and Orpen would have been familiar with it.