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John Opie

(1761-1807), Portrait and history painter

Sitter in 13 portraits
Artist associated with 148 portraits
The history painter and portraitist John Opie was introduced to London in 1781 as 'the Cornish Wonder'. His style as a portrait painter was marked by strong realism, and striking contrasts of light and dark. He was also known as a painter of historical and literary subjects, especially for Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery.

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Thomas Holcroft, by John Opie - NPG 3130

Thomas Holcroft

by John Opie
oil on canvas, circa 1782
NPG 3130

Samuel Johnson, after John Opie - NPG 1302

Samuel Johnson

after John Opie
oil on canvas, based on a work of circa 1783-1784
NPG 1302

Charles Macklin, by John Opie - NPG 1319

Charles Macklin

by John Opie
oil on canvas, circa 1792
NPG 1319

Henry Fuseli, by John Opie - NPG 744

Henry Fuseli

by John Opie
oil on canvas, feigned oval, exhibited 1794
NPG 744

Mary Wollstonecraft, by John Opie - NPG 1237

Mary Wollstonecraft

by John Opie
oil on canvas, circa 1797
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1237

Henry Bone, by John Opie - NPG 869

Henry Bone

by John Opie
oil on canvas, 1799
NPG 869

Thomas Girtin, by John Opie - NPG 882

Thomas Girtin

by John Opie
oil on canvas, circa 1800
NPG 882

Thomas Holcroft, by John Opie - NPG 512

Thomas Holcroft

by John Opie
oil on canvas, circa 1804
NPG 512

Charles Dumergue, by Pierre Condé, after  John Opie - NPG D2288

Charles Dumergue

by Pierre Condé, after John Opie
stipple engraving, late 18th-early 19th century
NPG D2288

Mary, Lady Jerningham, by Joseph Brown, after  John Opie - NPG D14977

Mary, Lady Jerningham

by Joseph Brown, after John Opie
stipple engraving, (1782)
NPG D14977

Sir John Smith, Bt, by John Raphael Smith, after  John Opie - NPG D9000

Sir John Smith, Bt

by John Raphael Smith, after John Opie
mezzotint, (1784)
NPG D9000

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