William Crampton Gore (1871-1946)


William Crampton Gore

Crampton Gore, son of an army officer from Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, studied medicine at TCD and practised as a doctor until 1901. He became an accomplished painter after studying at the Slade School, London under Henry Tonks, where he befriended William Orpen. He regularly exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy (1905-1939) and was elected an Associate member in 1916 and a full member in 1918.

He modelled for the doctor in Orpen’s oil painting A Mere Fracture (1901). Twelve years after Orpen’s death, Crampton Gore wrote a letter to The Times, providing an interpretation of the painting and identifying the other individuals who modelled for the scene.  Orpen’s brother, Arthur, replied, thanking him for his observations on the painting.


A selection of items from the collection: 

Letter from William Crampton Gore to the Editor of The Times, April 1943
Presented by Elizabeth Parry-Crooke, 2003

Letter from Arthur Herbert Stack Orpen to William Crampton Gore, 30 April 1943
Presented by Elizabeth Parry-Crooke, 2003

Illustrated postcard from William Crampton Gore to his daughter Elizabeth (see above)
Presented by Elizabeth Parry-Crooke, 2003

Testimonial from Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow
Presented by Elizabeth Parry-Crooke, 2003

Letter from Henry Tonks (1862-1937) to William Crampton Gore, 14 October 1915
Presented by Elizabeth Parry-Crooke, 2003