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26th June 2024

Swagger portraits are not confined to the rich, famous, and expensively dressed. This is Le Chef de l'Hôtel Chatham, Paris (c1921, Royal Academy) by Wlliam Orpen (1878-1931). According to the RA, it is "a tour de force of monumental portraiture...Orpen was inspired by artists such as Velázquez and Manet, but in his choice of subject he elevates the working man by portraying him with a swagger and authority equal to any nobleman." 

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