Orpens twenty large anatomical drawings are superb pieces of draughtsmanship, in addition to their interest as rare examples of teaching material.
Anatomical drawings by Sir William Orpen, c. 1906
- Coloured chalk on black paper
- Art Fund grant:
- £70,000 ( Total: £160,000)
- Acquired in:
- Private collection
They were used by Orpen to teach his students anatomy, pinned up on the blackboard. In them Orpen depicts the bodys structure of bone, the muscles which stretch over them and the way that limbs move. He was a highly regarded portrait painter in his lifetime but with the advent of modernism, the avant-garde eclipsed him in subsequent accounts of British art.
By descent to the vendor.