Sir William Orpen

Irish (1878 - 1931)
Sir William Orpen George Allardice, 1st Baron Riddell of Walton Heath, 1865 - 1934. Newspaper prorietor and diarist 1919


Born 1878
Died 1931
Nationality Irish
Birth place Dublin
Death place London

Orpen was born in Blackrock, near Dublin. He studied at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin from his early teens before moving to London in 1897. Orpen subsequently studied at the Slade School of Fine Art for two years, where he became friends with the artist Augustus John. He later went on to become one of the most successful society portraitists of his day, commanding huge sums of money for his work. In 1917 Orpen worked as an Official War Artist in France.