Amelia Opie was a renowned figure in the literary world of the early nineteenth century and lived in Norwich for most of her life.

She was a friend of Mary Wollstonecraft, Sir Walter Scott and Madame de Staël and married the artist John Opie who was closely associated with the Norwich School of artists. Opie was committed to the abolitionist cause and represented Norwich at the national anti-slavery convention. She was considered a beauty in her youth and this bust shows her as a handsome woman in her early sixties wearing the characteristic Quaker bonnet that she had started to wear after her religious conversion.


Presented to Amelia Opie by David, 1836; Margaret Thompson, 1853; Sir James Alderson; Grosvenor Woods; by descent to Christopher Woods.

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Castle Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JU
01603 493625

Opening times

  • Monday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm
  • Sunday 1-4.30pm

(1 July – 23 September 2019 open until 5pm)

  • Closed on 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
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