Opie, John (1761 - 1807)
Portrait of 'G Cruikshank'. Pencil. c.1800. Inscribed recto, 'Portrait of G Cruikshank [by JO?] / by J. Opie R.A.'. Inscribed verso, 'Early drawing of the late / Mr Cruikshank'. Provenance: Christies, 6th December 2012, Lot 204. 9.75x8 inches. Framed: 18.75x15.5 inches.

The treatment of the young boy in this drawing is typical of Opie's work of the very early years of the nineteenth century. See for example the portrait of Henry Monro (1791-1814) sold at Christies 30th April 2013 (lot.448). While it is tempting to identify the sitter as the famous caricaturist, we can find no similar likenesses.

This work appears in the Exhibition: BRITISH WORKS ON PAPER 2024