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John Opie (1761-1807), Portrait and history painter

Sitter in 12 portraits
Artist associated with 146 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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830

John Wolcot

by John Opie
oil on canvas, circa 1780
NPG 830

1030

Mary Delany (nee Granville)

by John Opie
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1782
On display at Bath Preservation Trust, Avon
NPG 1030

3130

Thomas Holcroft

by John Opie
oil on canvas, circa 1782
NPG 3130

1302

Samuel Johnson

after John Opie
oil on canvas, (1783-1784)
NPG 1302

222

Francesco Bartolozzi

by John Opie
oil on canvas, circa 1785-1790
NPG 222

47

John Opie

by John Opie
oil on canvas, 1785
NPG 47

4849

William Douglas, 4th Duke of Queensberry

attributed to John Opie
oil on canvas, 1785-1790
NPG 4849

1319

Charles Macklin

by John Opie
oil on canvas, circa 1792
NPG 1319

744

Henry Fuseli

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

1237

Mary Wollstonecraft

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

765

Amelia Opie

by John Opie
oil on canvas, 1798
NPG 765

869

Henry Bone

by John Opie
oil on canvas, 1799
NPG 869

882

Thomas Girtin

by John Opie
oil on canvas, circa 1800
NPG 882

512

Thomas Holcroft

by John Opie
oil on canvas, circa 1804
NPG 512

1320

Samuel William Reynolds

by John Opie
oil on panel, circa 1806
NPG 1320

D2288

Charles Dumergue

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

D14977

Mary, Lady Jerningham

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

D9000

Sir John Smith, Bt

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