The painter J. M. Jopling was the son of a clerk in the Horse Guards, and himself worked in the Adjutant-General's office before becoming an artist. He taught himself painting, exhibiting at the Royal Academy and especially the New Watercolour Society. He was much influenced by Rossetti and Burne-Jones, and was a friend of Millais. Among his paintings are a weak Joan of Arc and a better, well-received picture called The Three Friends. His work is rather overshadowed by that of his wife, Louise Jopling, whom he married in 1874.
The Victoria and Albert Museum holds a watercolour landscape by Jopling, and his portrait of Lady Lindsay is at the National Portrait Gallery.