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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 unique portrait 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.
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Credit: National Archives of Canada
On-line on Minisis ICON at item level. 1991-76-1 (Electronic)
Accession file. 1991-76 (Paper)
Oil Painting index. OP0871 (Paper)
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Borden, Robert Laird, Sir, 1854-1937.
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1. 1991-076 DAP
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