|Artist||Samuel William Reynolds after John Opie|
|Published||London. Published 1805|
|Dimensions||425 x 350 mm, 500 x 350 mm, 530 x 385 mm|
A three-quarter length portrait of Sir William Blizard, wearing an academic robes and holding a sheet of paper.
Inscription belown image: "Professor of Anatomy & Surgery to the Royal College of Surgeons, and Senior Surgeon of the London Hospital. From the original Picture by John Opie, R.A. Painted for, and in the Possession of Samuel Jackson Esqr. F.R.S. A.S."
Sir William Blizard (c.1743-1835) was a British surgeon and professor. He founded the School of Medicine attached to the London Hospital in 1785, with Robert Maclaurin. Blizard was also a founding member of the Medicalo Society of London and the Medical and Chirurgical Society.
John Opie (16th May 1761 - 9th April 1807) was a British painter, best known for his portraits. A key contributor to Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery, Opie was also a talented painter of historical scenes, being compared to Caravaggio and Velazquez. Among his most celebrated portraits are those of many leading leading members of the British Romantic movement, including fellow painter Henry Fuseli, poet Robert Southey, and the author Mary Shelley.
Samuel William Reynolds (1773-1835) was a British mezzotinter and occasional painter. He taught David Lucas and Samuel Cousins.
Condition: Strong impression. Slight surface dirt built-up to margins.