Oil on canvas
Opie’s second wife, Amelia Alderson.
Exhibited: Royal Academy 1799.
Whitehall Evening Post, 27 April 1799:
"Mr. Opie's portraits this year have such charms of grace and delicacy, added to their force and truth, as entitle him to new praise. Mrs. Twiss, in the ante-room, Mrs. Price and Mrs. Opie (who is painted in the same canvass in two points of view), are most highly finished portraits."
There were two versions of the painting: one given by Amelia herself to her cousin is now in the Morning Room at Trerice-in a much deteriorated condition.
This present version was in Cornwall for probably well over a century. It was exhibited in the Festival of Britain Exhibition of Opie’s work at the Royal Cornwall Museum.
It was sold at Sothebys in the 1980s and taken to America. Twenty years later its identity had been forgotten, so by 2007 it was attributed to "Circle of George Romney".
In the 20th century there was a suggestion that the portrait must show two different people, in which case the second must be Opie's sister Elizabeth. This was without foundation.