John Opie

Master William Opie

c.1788

Not on display

Artist
John Opie 1761–1807
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 521 × 425 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Edward Opie 1894
Reference
N01408

Display caption

Opie produced numerous portraits of boys and young men. Other artists tended to respond to young sitters with playful or frivolous images. Opie’s pictures are distinctive for the feeling of dignity and independence they convey. William Opie was the artist’s nephew. This painting was presented to the Tate by Edward Opie, another nephew who became an artist himself.

Gallery label, October 2019

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