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The Surprise

Photo credit: Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery

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John Opie was born in Cornwall, the son of a master carpenter. At an early age he was something of an academic prodigy, with a talent for painting. Opie was discovered and promoted by the opportunist Dr Wolcott, ex-physician to the Governor of Jamaica, amateur artist and London socialite. Under Wolcott’s management, Opie became a sought after portrait painter, in spite of a superficially uncultured Cornish manner, which gave him a sort of novelty value.

Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery

Maidstone


Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 138 x W 110 cm

Accession number

PCF81

Work type

Painting


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St Faith's Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LH England

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