A Beggar by John Opie

Opie was the son of a mine carpenter from the tin-mining district in Cornwall.


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.

Venue details

Falmouth Art Gallery Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth Cornwall TR11 2RT 01326 313 863 www.falmouthartgallery.com/

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