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

HENRY BONE (1755-1834)

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

1794 United Kingdom

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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.

We are grateful to Lawrence Hendra for his help in correctly identifying the sitter as being Opie's first wife and not as described in Richard Walker's notes on Bone's drawings as being Amelia (the famous authoress) his second wife.
Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp. 6, 19 (#37) and 67 (sitter # 11)
Dimensions
Height 8.90 cm (3.50 inches)
Stock Code
4523
Medium
Painted in enamel on copper
Signed/Inscribed
Signed and dated March 1794 on the reverse
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