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Sir William Orpen

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Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

Sir William Orpen

Person  Male  Born 27/11/1878  Died 29/9/1931

Categories: Art

Countries: Ireland

Painter. Born William Newenham Montague Orpen at Oriel, Blackrock, County Dublin. He was an official artist in World War I and attended the Versailles Peace Conference. Deeply affected by the suffering he witnessed in the war, he painted 'To the Unknown British Soldier Killed in France' showing a coffin flanked by a pair of soldiers clothed only in tattered blankets. The painting was attacked by the press as being unpatriotic and in bad taste, and he was forced to paint out the figures. Died at 2 Clareville Grove, South Kensington. The painting on the left is a self-portrait.

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Sir William Orpen

Sir William Orpen 1878 - 1931, painter lived here. Greater London Council

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