William Orpen RHA "Kit"
Signed lithographic print 28.5 x 36cm
Photolithographic print. Printed title and signature below the image, published by the Chenil Gallery, Chelsea, 1913, plate size 31 x 21.5 cm (9.5 x 12.75 ins).. (one available only)
Provenance: Private Collection.
Condition: water mark staining evident
Christine, known as ‘Kit’ (1906-2003) was the Orpens’ second daughter. After the First World War, Kit’s carefree childhood had come to an end. She trained as a
pianist and singer, and even trod the London boards for a little time, making her debut, in 1931, as “A Chelsea Guest” in A.P. Herbert’s hunting-cum-Chelsea
musical satire Tantivy Towers , at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. Like her father she was a keen and competitive tennis player. In 1933 she married Mr Barrie
Nicoll, with whom she had three children. She was widowed in 1955 and remarried twenty years later.