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The Gullett Family, John Opie (1761-1807) Featured Image

The Gullett Family, John Opie (1761-1807)

Oil on canvas, English School, circa 1786. This family portrait by the Cornish artist John Opie, shows Christopher Gullet, Clerk of the Peace for Devon, with his wife Anne and youngest child Georgina. John Opie was born in Harmony Cottage, Trevellas, between St Agnes and Perranporth in Cornwall. He was the youngest of the five children of Edward Opie, a master carpenter, and his wife Mary (nee Tonkin). He showed a precocious talent for drawing and mathematics, and by the age of twelve he had mastered the teachings of Greek mathematician Euclid and opened an evening school for poor children where he taught reading, writing and arithmetic. His father, however, did not encourage his abilities, and apprenticed him to his own trade of carpentry. Opie's artistic abilities eventually came to the attention of local physician and satirist, Dr John Wolcot (who used the pen name Peter Pindar), who visited him at the sawmill where he was working in 1775. Recognising a great talent, Wolcot became Opie's mentor, buying him out of his apprenticeship and insisting that he come to live at his home in Truro. Wolcot provided invaluable encouragement, advice, tuition and practical help in the advancement of his early career, including obtaining many commissions for work. In 1781, having gained considerable experience as a portraitist travelling around Cornwall, Opie moved to London with Wolcot. There they lived together, having entered into a formal profit-sharing agreement. Although Opie had received a considerable artistic education from Wolcot, the doctor chose to present him as a self-taught prodigy; a portrait of a boy shown at the Society of Artists the previous year, had been described in the catalogue as "an instance of Genius, not having ever seen a picture." Wolcot introduced the "Cornish wonder" to leading artists, including Sir Joshua Reynolds, who was to compare him to Caravaggio and Velazquez

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Shield with 17 Campaign Medals, 1807-1918 Featured Image

Shield with 17 Campaign Medals, 1807-1918

These 17 campaign medals were awarded to various members of the Call family. The medals date from the Peninsular War (1807-1814) to the Great War (1914-1918) and include: Military General Service Medal, 1793-1814; Army of India Medal, 1799-1826; two First China War Medals, First Anglo-Chinese War 1839-1842; Order of the Bath (Military Class), 1869; Crimean War Campaign Medal 1854-1856; Turkish Crimea Medal 1855, Crimean War 1854-1856; India General Service Medal, Second Anglo-Burmese War / Second Burma War 1852-1853; Sardinian Medal for Valour, Crimean War 1854-1856; Order of the Medjidie Medal (Fifth Class), Crimean War 1854-1856; Afghanistan Medal, Second Afghan War 1878-1880; Kabul to Kandahar Star 1880, Second Afghan War 1878-1880; Distinguished Service Order Medal, First World War 1914-1918; Queen's South Africa Medal, Second Boer War 1899-1902; 1914-15 Star Medal, First World War 1914-1918; British War Medal, First World War 1914-1918; Victory Medal, First World War 1914-1918. The Call family served with the Royal Irish Regiment, which until 1881 was known as the 18th Regiment of Foot. It was also known as the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot and the 18th (The Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot. The regiment was disbanded in 1922. Members of the family also served with the 27th Light Dragoons and the Royal Engineers. TRURI : 1931.40.41-57

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