William Orpen

1878 - 1931

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Major Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen, (27 November 1878 – 29 September 1931) was an Irish artist who worked mainly in London. Orpen was a fine draughtsman and a popular, commercially successful painter of portraits for the well-to-do in Edwardian society, though many of his most striking paintings are self-portraits. During World War I, he was the most prolific of the official war artists sent by Britain to the Western Front. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Orpen has received more than 213,447 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia. William Orpen is the 1,315th most popular painter (down from 1,189th in 2019), the 186th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 181st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Irish Painter.

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Among painters, William Orpen ranks 1,315 out of 1,428Before him are Amalia Lindegren, Chen Hongshou, Charles Sheeler, Kenneth Noland, Victor Meirelles, and Ion Andreescu. After him are Fyodor Bruni, Aristarkh Lentulov, Kate Greenaway, Ivan Argunov, Charley Toorop, and Gwen John.

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Among people born in 1878, William Orpen ranks 158Before him are Ernst Hoppenberg, Leopold Staff, René Maire, Viktor Nogin, Harry Carey, and Peder Kolstad. After him are Louise Dresser, Henry B. Walthall, Karel van de Woestijne, Joel Stebbins, František Janda-Suk, and John Rimmer. Among people deceased in 1931, William Orpen ranks 96Before him are Kálmán Kandó, Marvin Hart, José Figueroa Alcorta, Kinue Hitomi, Ida B. Wells, and Hjalmar Bergman. After him are Paul Vidal, Emiliano Figueroa, Aleksander Skrzyński, Konrad Stäheli, Alice Pike Barney, and Federico Tinoco Granados.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, William Orpen ranks 186 out of 460Before him are Seán T. O'Kelly (1882), Hugh O'Flaherty (1898), John Boyne (1971), Dorothea Jordan (1761), Jason O'Mara (1972), and Pat Cox (1952). After him are George Abraham Grierson (1851), Robert Mallet (1810), Joe Kelly (1913), Enda Kenny (1951), Geraldine Fitzgerald (1913), and Andrew Scott (1976).

Among PAINTERS In Ireland

Among painters born in Ireland, William Orpen ranks 3Before him are Francis Bacon (1909) and Paul Kane (1810).