Portrait of Sir Robert Laird Borden [graphic material]

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    Box number: OP-0871
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    • Portrait of Sir Robert Laird Borden
      Portrait of Sir Robert Laird Borden Portrait de Sir Robert Laird Borden
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    1 painting : oil on canvas ; 76.1 x 64.0 cm.
    Inventory no.: op0871
    Support : 64.000 X 76.100 cm
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    Scope and content:
    This portrait of Sir Robert Laird Borden (1854-1937), Canada's ninth prime minister, was painted by Sir William Orpen (1878-1931) during the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. Orpen had been commissioned by the British Government to produce a commemorative work of the historic event. As did other delegates, Borden sat for an individual sketch which later served as a model for the Prime Minister's portrait in a large group portrait of conference delegates at the event. The finished group portrait, A Peace Conference at the Quai d'Orsay, now hangs in the Imperial War Museum in London. This unique portrait of Sir Robert Borden was produced during one of the four occasions on which the prime minister sat for Orpen, and reflects the prime minister's fragile state of health, the demands of the previous months putting him at the brink of physical and emotional collapse.
    For more information about this portrait see National Archives publications: Facing History (1993), p. 105; Treasures of the National Archives of Canada (1992), P. 105; The Painted Past (1984), pp. 54-57.
    Digitization project: Living Memory.
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    Finding aid:
    Oil Paintings Index, OP0871 (Paper) (90 90: Open)

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    Custodial history:
    Provenance: Christie, Manson & Woods catalogue note states that this painting was from the property of Sir James Dunn. The painting was acquired from the Christie, Manson & Woods, London auction sale, July 16, 1926 (lot 5). Gooden & Fox (dealers) London, may have acted as agents for the Public Archives at the sale.
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    Colour transparency available.
    Exhibitions note:
    Exhibition Title: The Painted Past. Curator: Staff of the National Archives, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 1984.10.02 - 1984.10.31. Further Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia; 1987.04.10 - 1987.06.07. Further Venue: McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec; 1987.07.08 - 1988.01.03. Further Venue: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia; 1989.06.01 - 1989.07.11
    Exhibition Title: Faces of History - Portraits from the National Archives of Canada. Curators: Lydia Foy, Sylvie Gervais, Peter Robertson, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 1993.05.27-1993.09.06.
    Exhibition title: Canadian History Hall, Canadian Museum of History; 2017.07.01
    Exhibition Title: Treasured Memories 5: A National Archives of Canada Exhibition. Curator: Michel Anne Crawley, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 2001.01.22 - 2001.11.12
    Exhibition Title: Treasured Memories 6: A National Archives of Canada Exhibition. Curator: Michel Anne Crawley, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 2002.02.18 - 2002.11.17
    Signatures and inscriptions note:
    Inscribed. Signed. Dated.
    Inscription: in brushpoint and brown oil, recto u.l.: ORPEN / PARIS 1919
    Associated material note:
    Besides A Peace Conference at the Quai d'Orsay, other paintings by William Orpen commissioned by the British Government to commemorate the Paris Peace Treaty are in the Imperial War Museum, London: The signing of the peace in the Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, and The Unknown Soldier.
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    1991-076 DAP
    Other accession no.:
    1991-076 X DAP
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    Credit: Library and Archives Canada / Acc. No. 1991-76-1 / C-11238
    Copyright: Expired

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