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Mary Opie (wife of John Opie) nee Bunn (active 1782-1795) after John Opie


Artist: Henry Bone

Painted in enamel on copper, Signed and dated March 1794 on the reverse, set in rectangular papier-mâché frame

Mary Bunn was the first wife of Opie - his second wife, Amelia was the famous author. She later married Major Edwards.

The pencil drawing squared in pencil for transfer, by Henry Bone is in the NPG, D17552.

Opie worked with Anna Gurney to create a Ladies Anti-Slavery Society in Norwich. Opie went to World's Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1840 where she one of the few women who was included in the commemorative painting.
More Information
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp. 6, 19 (#37) and 67 (sitter # 11)
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
Condition                 Slight discolouration around the border.
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