John Opie

Mrs S.W. Reynolds

1795

In Tate Britain

Artist
John Opie 1761–1807
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Frame: 950 x 820 x 130 mm
support: 762 x 635 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1912
Reference
N02877

Display caption

The sitter is Jane Cowen or Cowing. Her husband was Samuel William Reynolds, a printmaker who made reproductions of many of Opie’s pictures. This portrait was painted around 1795, perhaps to mark the birth of their son. Jane Reynolds is shown resting her head on her hand, a pose traditionally associated with thoughtful reflection.

Gallery label, October 2019

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