The Wash-House by William Orpen.

The Wash-House. From the Painting by William Orpen.. Impressionism in Great Britain.

The Wash-House. From the Painting by William Orpen.

The Wash-House by William Orpen 1878-1931.

William Orpen was a major representative of Impressionism in the United Kingdom. The woman in the picture was Vera Hone lived with her husband as a neighbor of William Orpen in Chelsea and was for a while his main model. Due to the success of his war pictures was William Orpen 1918 admitted to the Order of the British Empire Knight Commander.

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