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William Opie

Photo credit: Royal Institution of Cornwall

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John Opie is considered to be the first Cornish artist of any significance and certainly the first Cornish portraitist of renown. He was the son of a St Agnes carpenter whose portrait he painted when aged only eleven. On leaving school, he was apprenticed first to his father and then to the local saw-pit. While he was there, he was discovered by Dr Wolcott, a Truro physician who was also a satirical poet writing under the name of Peter Pindar and an amateur artist who had been a pupil under Richard Wilson.

Royal Cornwall Museum

Truro

  • Date

    1779

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    50.8 x 40.6 cm

  • Accession number

    TRURI : 1947.67

  • Acquisition method

    gift, 1947

Royal Cornwall Museum

River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ England

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