- John Opie 1761–1807
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 1537 x 1835 mm
frame: 1800 x 2113 x 146 mm
- Bequeathed by Sir Otto Beit 1948
When Opie first came to London, much was made of his humble origins. This painting conforms to his style of heroic, dignified images of ordinary people. One critic wrote, ‘Could people in vulgar life [the working-class] afford to pay for pictures, Opie would be their man’. Little is known of the early history of this painting. There is no documentation to prove without doubt that Opie painted it, but it has always been accepted as by him.
Gallery label, October 2019
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