DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
William ORPEN | Resting

ORPEN, William
Ireland 1878 – 1931
England from 1897, with regular visits to Ireland and France
Resting 1905
oil on canvas
76.2 (h) x 55.8 (w) cm
Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland, Ulster Museum, Belfast

Lottie Stafford, the model for this painting, was a Cockney washerwoman from the slum cottages of Paradise Walk in Chelsea. She was popular as a model on account of her naturalness, total self-assurance and subtle sensuality, despite the fact that she declined to pose in the nude. Orpen also employed her as the model for other paintings, and was particularly drawn to her ‘swan-neck’ which he emphasised in this work.

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