Orpen letters discovered as NLI celebrates 120 years in Kildare Street Building

We are celebrating the closing days of 2010, a year in which our visitor numbers rose by 30%, with the discovery of previously unknown letters written by Sir William Orpen, one of Ireland’s greatest ever painters. The ten letters, which were found in one of several hundred boxes of solicitors' papers, were written in 1901 and 1917 to the artist’s father, AH Orpen. 3 were written during the First World War, when William Orpen was an official war artist at the Western Front; the other letters, written in 1901, deal with the artist’s attempts to secure his father’s approval for his impending wedding.
 
The letters will go on display in the Library’s multimedia exhibition of treasures, Discover your National Library at 2/3 Kildare Street, and online at www.nli.ie/discover, from 16 March 2011.

 
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