William Orpen: An Onlooker in France
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William Orpen was the only official war artist to publish an extensive memoir of his experience in the First World War. He was a talented and shrewd writer and his compelling narrative, which first appeared in 1921, described both the trenches and battlefields and the more comfortable life at Haig and Foch's headquarters. An Onlooker in France is presented here, with an introductory essay by Robert Upstone, commentary and reproductions of 75 drawings and paintings by Orpen.