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Lectures On Painting, Delivered At The Royal Academy Of Arts: With A Letter On The Proposal For A Public Memorial Of The Naval Glory Of Great Britain. By The Late John Opie, Esq. Professor In Painting To The Royal Academy. To Which Are Prefixed, A Memoir By Mrs. Opie, And Other Accounts Of Mr. Opie's Talents And Character.

John Opie RA

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Artist; 7 (1807 April 25)


London:: Printed For Longman, Hurst, Rees And Orme, Paternoster-Row., 1809.

Physical Description

vi, [ii], 81 [i.e. 83], [1], 186 p., frontis. (port.); 272 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

There is a bis page 80 (with blank, unnumbered verso), carrying the 'Epitaph On John Opie'.


[Frontis., t.p.] - Subscribers - To The Reader [by Amelia Opie] - To Prince Hoare, Esq. [by Amelia Opie] - The Seventh Number Of The Artist [April 25, 1807] - Epitaph On John Opie, Esq., R.A. - Note [by P. Hoare] - Lecture I[-IV.] - [Sectional title, 'Life Of Sir Joshua Reynolds'] - Letter Addressed To The Editor Of "The True Briton," On The Proposal For Erecting A Public Memorial Of The Naval Glory Of Great Britain - Index Of Names And Subjects.

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece portrait of John Opie is signed as painted by himself and engraved by S.W. Reynolds.

Summary Note

The address 'To Prince Hoare' is Mrs. Opie's Memoir of her husband. The seventh number of The Artist (1807 April 25), reprinted here, was a memorial number, containing accounts of Opie by P. Hoare, B. West, J. Northcote, M.A. Shee, E. Inchbald and J. Boaden.

The portrait-painter and history-painter, John Opie, had been elected Professor of Painting in the Royal Academy in 1805. His four lectures were delivered in February and March 1807. P. Hoare's Note on the Lectures states that they treat 'the first, of Design; the 2d, of Invention; the 3d, of Chiaro Scuro; the 4th, of Colouring'. Many of the views expressed in them owe something to the lectures of Joshua Reynolds, Henry Fuseli and James Barry.

Binding Note

20th-century half morocco, brown cloth-covered boards; gilt-decorated spine lettered 'Lectures On Painting John Opie', 'R.A.' and '1809'.

Name as Subject


Painting - Theory - Techniques
Painters - Artists - Great Britain - 18th century - 19th century
Monuments - Great Britain - London - 19th century
Lectures - Biography - Great Britain - London - 19th century