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Joseph Middleton Jopling

(1831-1884), Artist

Artist of 4 portraits
The painter Joseph Jopling was the son of a clerk in the Horse Guards, and himself worked in the Adjutant-General's office before becoming an artist. He taught himself painting, exhibiting at the Royal Academy and especially the New Watercolour Society. He was much influenced by Rossetti and Burne-Jones, and was a friend of Millais. His work is rather overshadowed by that of his wife, Louise Jopling, whom he married in 1874.

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Sir Coutts Lindsay, 2nd Bt ('Men of the Day. No. 274.'), by Joseph Middleton Jopling - NPG D44106

Sir Coutts Lindsay, 2nd Bt ('Men of the Day. No. 274.')

by Joseph Middleton Jopling
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 3 February 1883
NPG D44106

Sir Henry Montague Hozier ('Men of the Day. No. 275.'), by Joseph Middleton Jopling - NPG D44107

Sir Henry Montague Hozier ('Men of the Day. No. 275.')

by Joseph Middleton Jopling
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 10 February 1883
NPG D44107

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Paul Nicholls

26 December 2020, 17:45

A self-taught painter and close friend of John Everett Millais, he was an employee of the Horse Guards, the Queen's official guard. He spent three winters in Italy, probably in 1858, 1859 and 1860, when he bought a painting by Telemaco Signorini, Il ritorno dalla Capitale, exhibited at the Promotrice exhibition in Florence the same year. He met Adriano Cecioni in London, probably in 1872, through Thomas Gibson Bowles, the editor of the magazine "Vanity Fair". Both Cecioni and Jopling produced caricatures for the magazine. Jopling was one of the founders of the Arts Club, of which Giuseppe De Nittis also became a member.

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