orpen-article-ashxOn Saturday 17 September 2016 Dominic Lee of Priory Studios presented a lecture on ‘The life and times of Stillorgan-born war artist William Orpen’ in the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. The event was organised in association with the Western Front association. Orpen (1878-1931) was a highly successful landscape and portrait artist, and an influential teacher, in both Ireland and Britain, prior to the First World War. During the war he was appointed an official war artist, and in 1919 was responsible for officially documenting the Paris Peace Conference. The lecture arose from a successful campaign to create a bronze sculpture of Orpen to be erected in Stillorgan village.

From History Ireland: Keith Jeffrey on Irish artists of the First World War.

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