William ORPEN (Stillorgan 1878 - London 1931)
Study of a Sleeping Baby Girl (Mary Orpen?) Sold
Pencil. Signed and dated William Orpen ‘03 at the lower left. 205 x 318 mm. (8 x 12 1/2 in.) [sheet]ENQUIRE
This drawing is likely to depict the artist’s eldest daughter Mary, born in September 1902 and known in the family as ‘Bunnie’. Between 1902 and 1904 Orpen produced a series of drawings of Mary and his wife Grace, based around the baby in her crib or at bath time. These studies culminated in the painting Bath Hour, exhibited at the New English Art Club in 1904 and today in the William Humphries Art Gallery in Kimberley, South Africa.