John Opie

The Peasant’s Family

c.1783–5

In Tate Britain

Artist
John Opie 1761–1807
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1537 x 1835 mm
frame: 1800 x 2113 x 146 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Sir Otto Beit 1948
Reference
N05834

Display caption

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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