A Spring afternoon in London, 1796.
MR. OPIE'S painting-room in Berners Street.
A large panelled studio, with a row of casement- windows on the right,1 and a door to the outer- hall below them. -- Another door, left, up. In the centre, up, a model-stand with a seat; tapestry behind it. Right, centre, an easel, back to the audience, and several canvases standing against it, their faces concealed. Left, centre, a large table with a few books and painting things upon it. Right, a small table with a few books. Down, left, a long seat.
MR. JOHN OPIEis still surveying his canvas with severe scrutiny. He has on a painting smock, and his palette is in his hand.____________________