Mrs CHARLES SMITH
Oil on canvas, circa 1805
91.5cm x 60cm
Charles Hanson auction
28th March 2014
Mrs Charles Smith may have been the sister of Captain Philip Beaver, whose portraits by Opie are elsewhere on this website.
Literature: Rogers, J. J. 1878. Opie and His Works, London: Colnaghi & Co, pp. 162-163: "Mrs Charles Smith, nee Beaver, sister of Mrs John Gillies ... half length, in white dress, ruffled at neck ... a repetition of this picture, by Opie, is in the possession of her grandson, Mr Henry Smith, of Ellingham Hall, Suffolk"
The Journal, Country Life, 15th September 1950, 'In Same Family for Generations' - with photograph of the painting in situ at Ellingham Hall.
Letter from Jacob Simon, Curator of 18th Century Portraits, National Portrait Galler, London, 15th October 1993