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Amelia Opie

Photo: public domain

Sculptor: Z. Leon

Designer: J.P. Chaplin

Materials: Artifical stone

Amelia Opie

Amelia Opie (1769-1853) was a novelist, poet, radical and philanthropist. She was associated with the Godwin Circle and was friends with William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. Her political thought was influenced by the French Revolution. In 1798, she married the artist John Opie in London and continued to write. She is best known for her novel ‘Adeline Mowbray’ (1804). When John Opie died in 1807, she returned to her father’s house in Norwich and lived close by where the statue has been erected in Opie Street. This statue, which depicts her in Quaker dress, was carved in wood and then cast in artifical stone.

Location: Above shop façade, 6 Opie Street, Norwich, Norfolk.