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.
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 2 November 1797