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David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor (1863-1945) Prime Minister

Sir William Orpen

David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor (1863-1945) Prime Minister


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ArtistSir William Orpen (1878-1931)
TitleDavid Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor (1863-1945) Prime Minister
Date1927
MediumOil on canvas
ProvenanceCollection of William Lloyd George; sold through Christie's, London, on 12 June 1981 (Lot 50); from which sale purchased by the Government Art Collection
ExhibitionGovernment Art Collection exhibition, Fine Art Society, London, August 1981; 'Nancy: The Life and Times of Lady Astor', Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, 13July to 12 October 2013
Dimensionsheight: 89.00 cm, width: 94.50 cm
Inscriptiontl: ORPEN 2
AcquisitionPurchased from Christie's, 12 June 1981
LocationUK, London, Downing Street
GAC number15206
 

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Sir William Orpen

William Orpen was born in Stillorgan, County Dublin. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1897 to 1899 and in 1902, opened a school of art in Chelsea, London with Augustus John (1878-1961). In 1917, Orpen was appointed as an Official War Artist and made several sketches and paintings on the front line. In 1919 he was present as an official painter at the Paris Peace Conference, a meeting of diplomats of more than 30 countries that discussed how to establish lasting peace. Orpen was knighted in 1918 and became a Royal Academician in 1921.