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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: An onlooker in France

Title of artwork:
An onlooker in France
Caption:
Field-Mashal Earl Haig of Bemersyde, O.M., K.T., etc.
Artist:
Orpen, William
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Lithographic Reproduction
Author:
Orpen, William
Title of Publication:
An onlooker in France
Publisher:
Williams and Norgate
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1921
Curator Comment:
The original painting is in the Imperial War Museum, London. When Haig died in 1928 Orpen presented his controversial painting, 'To the Unknown British Soldier in France', to the Museum in his memory.
Note on artwork:
This portrait is the frontispiece of the book. Haig, the British commander-in-chief, is shown appropriately as an authoritative figure, gazing intently at the viewer. Orpen's personal admiration for Haig is evident. The portrait is dated 30 May 1917 and was painted at GHQ, that is in the field at General Headquarters.
References:
ODNB online; DIB online; Grove Art online


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