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William Orpen Slideshow by Dominic Lee, Priory Studios

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. In fact it was probably the most popular song from that era and closely associated with WW1. It was also recorded by the Irish Tenor John McCormack in 1919 and his portrait by Orpen features in this slideshow along with some of Orpens paintings from his time in Picardy.
Here the song is sung by my friend, Soprano Niamh Murray whom I’ve had the pleasure to photograph on a number of occasions www.niamhmurray.com

If you are interested in the life of Sir William Orpen, I suggest you follow his Facebook page where you will find lots of interesting photographs and information and keep up to date on the plans to erect a bronze statue of Orpen in his birth place Stillorgan: www.facebook.com/SirWilliamOrpen

info@sirwilliamorpen.com

Sir William Orpen from Dominic Lee on Vimeo.

Roses are shining in Picardy
In the hush of the silvery dew
Roses are flowering in Picardy
But there’s never a rose like you

And the roses will die with the summertime
And our roads may be far, far apart
But there’s one rose that dies not in Picardy
‘Tis the rose that I keep in my heart

But there’s never a rose like you
And the roses will die with the summertime
And our roads may be far, far apart
But there’s one rose that dies not in Picardy
‘Tis the rose that I keep in my heart

Songwriters
WEATHERLY, FREDERICK E./WOOD, HAYDN

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