Almeria

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Germany
    City: Berlin
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    John Opie was born at St Agnes, Cornwall; the son of a mine carpenter. At c.15 his talent was recognised by Dr. John Wolcot, a physician, amateur artist and critic, who went into partnership with Opie, promoting his career. After Opie first exhibited at the Society of the Artists in 1780, the two arrived in London, Wolcot promoting Opie as the ‘noble savage’. George III purchased two paintings and by 1783 Opie had secured substantial patronage. His subjects included portraits, fancy pictures and history paintings. He became a member of the Royal Academy in 1787 and Professor of Painting at the Academy in 1805. Despite a passion for history and fancy pictures, he mainly exhibited portraits. His death at 45 is partly attributed to overwork.
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    People
    Meymott, Elizabeth (née Bunn)
    Places
    Subjects
    Materials & Techniques
    mezzotint, coloured mezzotint
  • Details
    Title
    Almeria
    Date
    Medium
    Coloured mezzotint
    Acquisition
    Origin unknown
    Inscription
    below image: Painted by J. Opie Engraved by J.R. Smith Mezzotinto Engraver to / His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. / ALMERIA. / Not only here, the Beams of Beauty Shine / But all the Virtues pour the Ray divine.
    GAC number
    15751