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Orpen, William Newenham Montague

Born: 1878 AD
Died: 1931 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Painters

1878 – Born on November 27th in Stillorgan, County Dublin, Ireland. British painter, best known for his vigorously characterized portraits; he was also an official artist during World War I.

         – Orpen studied at the Dublin Municipal School of Art and at the Slade School, London.

1900 – He first exhibited at the New English Art Club, of which he became a member.

1909 – He also became known as a painter of such conversation pieces as “Homage to Manet” (City Art Gallery, Manchester), which portrayed members of the contemporary English art world sitting in conversation beneath a famous portrait by that artist.

1919-1920 – He painted “The Signing of the Peace Treaty at Versailles” (Imperial War Museum, London).

         – He was created knight commander of the Order of the British Empire.

         – Elected a Royal Academician.

1931 – Died on September 29th in London, England.