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ID number:  BIRBI-53.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Orpen, Sir William (1878-1931)
Title / Object name:  A Nude Girl Seated on a Bed
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  London
Culture:  British
Date made:  1899
Materials:  Pen and ink, brown wash on paper
Measurements:  276 x 214 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from the Leicester Galleries, May 1953, for £16

This is one of a number of studies that Orpen made of Emily Scobel, a model at the Slade School of Art where he was studying at this date. The drawings culminated in an oil of a seated figure titled The English Nude, though it was not based directly on this work. Studies such as this reflect the artist’s interest in Rembrandt’s female nudes with their air of earthy realism. Orpen’s use of pen and ink and brown wash applied with a brush also recall the Dutch master’s practice as a draughtsman.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed and dated l.r.: William Orpen '99

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Exposed: The Victorian Nude', Tate Britain, London, UK, 25 October 2001 - 13 January 2002; 'Exposed: The Victorian Nude', Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany, 01 March 2002 - 02 June 2002; 'Exposed: The Victorian Nude', Brooklyn Musuem of Art, New York, USA, 06 September 2002 - 06 January 2003

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Orpen, William
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