Opie was the son of a mine carpenter from the tin-mining district in Cornwall.
A Beggar by John Opie, c. 17801782
© Falmouth Art Gallery
- Oil on canvas
- 91.3 x 71.2 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £14,000 ( Total: £80,000)
- Acquired in:
- Historical Portraits/ Philip Mould
He was hailed as 'the Cornish Wonder' when his paintings were exhibited in London in the 1780s. This work is possibly one of five works exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1782.
Collection of the Earls of Sutherland until 2004; Historical Portraits Ltd.
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