- Extended Catalogue Entry
by John Opie
oil on canvas, 1798
29 1/4 in. x 24 1/2 in. (743 mm x 622 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Amelia Opie (1769-1853), Novelist and poet; second wife of John Opie. Sitter in 8 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- John Opie (1761-1807), Portrait and history painter. Artist associated with 148 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait dates to the time of Amelia's marriage to the painter John Opie. After his death in 1807, Amelia returned to Norwich where, in 1825, she became a Quaker and dedicated herself to the campaign for improving workhouses, prisons and hospitals.
Linked publicationsback to top
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- Holmes, Richard, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2013, p. 67
- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 54
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 47
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 469
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 376
Events of 1798back to top
Current affairsTo meet war costs, William Pitt introduces a Finance Bill which levies income tax for the first time.
Art and scienceWilliam Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge publish Lyrical Ballads; a key publication for the romantic movement in poetry. Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner opens the volume.
Publisher and printseller Rudolph Ackermann establishes his popular 'Repository of the Arts' shop, gallery, library and social centre on the Strand.
InternationalUprising of the United Irishmen: a republican rebellion which attempted to achieve Ireland's total independence by force with the aid of a French invasion. It was only narrowly defeated.
Battle of the Nile. Napoleon's visionary Egyptian campaign offers British first major victory as Nelson destroys the French fleet.
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