London, South Kensington
10 November 2011
Sir William Orpen, R.H.A., R.A. (1878-1931)
Mother and Child (Grace and Mary)
signed 'ORPEN' (lower right)
10 x 8½ in. (25.4 x 21.6 cm.)
R.A. Cooling & Sons, London.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 24 July 1931, lot 126, where purchased by R.H. Spurr Esq.
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London, Council for the Encouragement for Music and the Arts (CEMA), 1946, catalogue not traced.
London, The Arts Council of Great Britain, British Watercolours and Drawings, 1948, no. 34.
This is one of a number of delightful works, mostly drawings, that Orpen produced featuring his wife Grace and his first-born daughter, Mary (Bunny). Mary having been born in September 1902, her appearances in this drawing would suggest that the work dates to the earlier part of 1903.
We are very grateful to the Orpen Reseach Project for their assistance cataloguing this lot.
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