Richard Caulfield Orpen (1863-1938)


Richard Caulfield Orpen, 'On the square'. Published in 'The Jarvey'. National Gallery of Ireland

 

Orpen was an architect and painter, and the elder brother of William Orpen (1878–1931). He exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1888 and showed works every year from 1906-36. In 1914, he was appointed a Guardian of the National Gallery of Ireland. During the late nineteenth century, there was a boom in the publication of humorous magazines in Dublin and in January 1889, Percy French published the first edition of The Jarvey. Orpen was the chief illustrator and the material, typical of its time, could be offensive.


On display in the exhibition:

• On the square (above). Published in The Jarvey. National Gallery of Ireland
• A Sudy during horse show week. Published in The Jarvey, 6 September 1890. National Gallery of Ireland
• The Great Strike!! Published in The Jarvey, 8 February 1890. National Gallery of Ireland
• It’s all ri, policeman; ish the influenza / The influenza, sir, or drink. Published in The Jarvey, 25 January 1890. National Gallery of Ireland
• Illustration for Him, Chapter VIII: How the rent was raised. Published in The Jarvey, 22 February 1890. National Gallery of Ireland
• Illustration for Him, Chapter VII: A Terrible Race. Published in The Jarvey, 15 February 1890. National Gallery of Ireland