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Description found in Archives
Place of creation
Support: 64.000 x 76.100 cm
Inventory no.: op0871
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.
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Copy negative C-011238
OP-0871 Item no. assigned by LAC 1
1991-076 X DAP
Credit: Library and Archives Canada / C-11238
Oil Paintings Index, OP0871 90 (Paper)
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Associated material note
Further venue: Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1987.04.03 - 1987.05.07.
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: Facing History : portraits from the National Archives of Canada. Curators: Lydia Foy, Sylvie Gervais, Peter Robertson, National Archives of Canada, cat. no.: cat. no. 109. Further venue: National Archives, Ottawa, Ontario, 1993.05.27-1993.09.06.
Exhibition title: Treasured Memories.
Curators: Tétrault, Martin and Crawley, Michal.
Curators: National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 2001.01.22 - 2001.11.12.
Exhibition title: Treasured Memories 6. Curators: Crawley, Michal, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, ON. 2002.02.18-2002.11.17.
Exhibition Title: Treasured Memories 5. Curator: Michal Anne Crawley, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 2001.01.22-2001.11.12.
Signatures and inscriptions
Inscription: in brushpoint and brown oil, recto u.l.: ORPEN / PARIS 1919
1. Borden, Robert Laird, Sir, 1854-1937.
2. Prime ministers Canada.
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1. 1991-076 DAP
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