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Creator:
Augustus Edwin John, 1878–1961, British
Title:

William Orpen Levitating

Date:
1897 to 1900
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sheet: 25 1/2 x 32 1/2in. (64.8 x 82.5cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Bequest of Joseph F. McCrindle, Yale LLB 1948
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
B2009.9.5
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
chair | clouds | costume | dinner | dress | food | genre subject | hat | meal | neckwear | people | sky | suit, pants | table | tea | teapot | trousers | waistcoat | walking-sticks
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:1584
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Augustus John and William Orpen were constant companions while attending the Slade School of Art in London in the late 1890s, but their paths separated in later years as Orpen achieved fame in the 1920s for his highly sought after society portraits (an example is shown nearby). John’s satirical depiction of the fashionably dressed Orpen floating high above a tea table seated with dour, blackclad figures dates to their years at the Slade and suggests the “light play,” as John described it, that characterized the friends’ behavior during their bohemian student days.

Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)

Angus Trumble, Edwardian opulence, British art at the dawn of the twentieth century , Yale University Press, New Haven, 2013, p. 281, cat. no. 45, N6768 .E39 2013 OVERSIZE (YCBA)


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