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Artist: John Singleton Copley (1737 - 1815)
Nationality: American
Movement: English School
Media: Painting
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Biography:
John Singleton Copley was born in Boston to Irish parents. He was a self-taught artist who established himself at a portraitist in Boston by the late 1750’s. After one of his paintings was shown at the Royal Society of Arts in London, Copley’s work became internationally known. He settled in London in the mid 1770’s and became an associate of the Royal Academy. Copley is well known for his piece, The Death of Chatham, as well as his portraits of the royal family, and other leading American and British political and military figures.


Artworks in Museum Collections: (60)
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John Singleton Copley - The Copley Family 1776-1777 oil on canvas National Gallery of Art American
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John Singleton Copley Joshua Henshaw oil on canvas circa 1770
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John Singleton Copley William Vassall and His Son Leonard oil on canvas circa 1770 - 1772
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John Singleton Copley - Sketch for The Copley Family 1776 oil on canvas National Gallery of Art American
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Artist: John Singleton Copley Title: Mrs. Nathaniel Allen Date: about 1763 Medium: oil on canvas
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John Singleton Copley Mrs. Daniel Sargent (Mary Turner Sargent) oil on canvas 1763
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Portrait of Joseph Scott, John Singleton Copley (United States, Massachusetts, Boston, 1738 - 1815) , circa 1765, Oil on canvas
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John Singleton Copley Mrs. Rufus Greene (Katherine Stanbridge Greene) oil on canvas circa 1760
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Portrait of a Lady, John Singleton Copley (United States, Massachusetts, Boston, 1738 - 1815) , 1771, Oil on canvas
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John Singleton Copley - John Greene c. 1769 oil on canvas Currier Museum of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Mrs. John Greene 1769 oil on canvas Cleveland Museum of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - John Gray 1766 oil on canvas The Detroit Institute of Art American
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Portrait of Hugh Montgomerie, Later Twelfth Earl of Eglinton, John Singleton Copley (United States, Massachusetts, Boston, 1738 - 1815) , 1780, Oil on canvas
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John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815 Study for the Mother and Child and boy at right
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John Singleton Copley - Portrait of John Scollay 1764 black and white chal Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts American
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Thomas Sully, American (born in England), 1783-1872 The Torn Hat 1820 Oil on panel 48.58
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John Singleton Copley - The Honorable John Erving c. 1774 oil on canvas Smith College Museum of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Colonel John Montresor c. 1771 oil on canvas The Detroit Institute of Art American
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John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815 The Copley Family about 1788 Oil on canvas 52.07 x
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John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815 John Hancock 1765 Oil on canvas 100.01 x 124.78 cm
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John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815 John Codman about 1800 Oil on canvas 92.07 x 71.75
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Hugh Hall, 1758 John Singleton Copley (1738-1815)AmericanPastel on off-white laid paper, mounted on canvas; 15
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John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815 Samuel Adams about 1772 Oil on canvas 125.73 x 100.33
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John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815 Ezekiel Goldthwait 1771 Oil on canvas 127.32 x 101.6 cm
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John Singleton Copley - Portrait of a Lady 1771 oil on canvas Los Angeles County Museum of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Hugh Hall 1758 pastel on off-white The Metropolitan Museum of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Mrs. Nathaniel Allen c. 1763 oil on canvas Minneapolis Institute of Arts American
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John Singleton Copley - Thomas Amory II c. 1770-1772 oil on canvas Corcoran Gallery of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Nathaniel Hurd c. 1765 oil on canvas Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester American
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John Singleton Copley - Adam Babcock c. 1744 oil on canvas National Gallery of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Thomas Greene 1758 oil on canvas Cincinnati Art Museum American
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John Singleton Copley - Hannah Loring 1763 oil on canvas The Detroit Institute of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Woodbury Langdon 1767 oil on canvas Dallas Museum of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Daniel Hubbard 1764 oil on canvas The Art Institute of Chicago American
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John Singleton Copley - The Red Cross Knight 1793 oil on canvas National Gallery of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Nathaniel Hurd c. 1765 oil on canvas Cleveland Museum of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Watson and the Shark 1777 oil on canvas The Detroit Institute of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Mrs. Benjamin Hallowell 1766-67 oil on canvas The Detroit Institute of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Eleazer Tyng 1772 oil on canvas National Gallery of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Jane Browne 1756 oil on canvas National Gallery of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Harrison Gray c. 1767 oil on canvas National Gallery of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Baron Graham 1804 oil on canvas National Gallery of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Watson and the Shark 1778 oil on canvas National Gallery of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Epes Sargent c. 1760 oil on canvas National Gallery of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Head of a Negro 1777-78 oil on canvas The Detroit Institute of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Johnathan Mountfort c. 1753 oil on canvas The Detroit Institute of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Mrs. Clark Gayton 1779 oil on canvas The Detroit Institute of Art American
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John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815 Henry Pelham (Boy with a Squirrel) 1765 Oil on canvas
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John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815 Mrs. Ezekiel Goldthwait (Elizabeth Lewis) 1771 Oil on canvas 127.32
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John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815 John Amory 1768 Oil on canvas 126.68 x 101.92 cm
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John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815 John Quincy Adams 1795 Oil on canvas 76.52 x 63.5
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John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815 Paul Revere 1768 Oil on canvas 89.22 x 72.39 cm
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John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815 Galatea about 1754 Oil on canvas 93.98 x 132.71 cm
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John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815 Dorothy Quincy (Mrs. John Hancock) about 1772 Oil on canvas
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John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815 James Warren about 1761-63 Oil on canvas 127 x 101.92
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John Singleton Copley - Robert "King" Hooper 1767 oil on canvas Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts American
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John Singleton Copley - Portrait of Joseph Scott c. 1765 oil on canvas Los Angeles County Museum of Art American
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John Singleton Copley - Sir William Pepperrell and His Family 1778 oil on canvas North Carolina Museum of Art American
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Valentine Green, English, 1739-1813 After John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815 A Youth Rescued from a
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John Singleton Copley - Daniel Crommelin Verplanck 1771 oil on canvas The Metropolitan Museum of Art American

Artnews Articles and Exhibition Information: (20)
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Reynolda House, Museum of American Art: Self/Image: Portraiture from Copley to Close
The portrait occupies a singular place in the history of American art. As a genre, these representations of self are layered visual accounts of actuality, desire, and projection. Historical portraits—too often taken at face value—are granted a ra...

Connolly Branch, Boston Public Library: A Taste of Life: Recent Works by Anna Winestein
Ms. Winestein has also had several solo exhibitions around the Boston area. An interview with her, accompanied by reproductions of two works, was published in American Artist magazine in 1999; more recently, feature articles about her and inte...

Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts: Experiment and Mastery: Jan Collins Selman
>a href=http://www.jancollinsselman.com>Jan Collins Selmans Expressionistic landscape paintings have won her a place in the permanent collections of three Massachusetts museums: Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Duxbury Art Museum Complex, and Prov...

Frye Art Museum: Here I am - What We See and Think We Know
The Frye Art Museum's newest exhibition, Here I Am! Passages in Portraiture, allows you to look at some old friends and new acquaintances to come to your own definition. According to Debra Byrne, curator, "The magic of portraiture can be pegge...

Van Gogh Museum: American Beauty: Painting and Sculpture from The Detroit Institute of Arts, 1770-1920

Although the artists were familiar with and reacted to European art, they simultaneously developed their own individual style. To shed light on the various artistic currents the exhibition is organized around themes such as American Icons, Impress...
Corcoran Gallery of Art: Encouraging American Genius: Master Paintings from the Corcoran Gallery
A number of outstanding individual works complete the selection, including well-known examples by early masters like John Singleton Copley and Joshua Johnson and striking modernist compositions by Maurice Prendergast, Thomas Hart Benton and Aar...

Felix Juliani Gallery, Massachusetts Bay Community College: REFLECTIONS OF LIFE: Recent Works by Anna Winestein
Ms Winestein has also had solo exhibitions around the Boston area. An interview with her, accompanied by reproductions of two works, was published in American Artist magazine in 1999. Ms. Winestein is member of numerous professional art organ...

University of Virginia Art Museum: A Jefferson Ideal: Selections from the Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon III Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts
This special exhibition features major examples of 18th- and 19th-century American painting and furniture, including works by Albert Bierstadt, John Singleton Copley, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, John Singer Sargent, Gilbert Stuart ...

Metropolitan Museum of Art: American Drawings and Watercolors: Highlights from the Collection, 1710-1890
The exhibition will offer a rare opportunity to see many of the Museum's American works on paper, which – due to their fragile nature and sensitivity to light – are displayed only periodically. The often informal character or preparatory function ...

Fresno Metropolitan Museum: Becoming A Nation: Americana from the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, U.S. Department of State
"Becoming A Nation" provides the visitor with outstanding examples of America's achievement in the arts between the mid 18th and early 19th centuries like the great Philadelphia high chest attributed to Joseph Deleveau, an exquisite settee by Dunc...

Neuberger Museum of Art: Deborah Butterfield 's Horses
Born in 1949 in San Diego, California on the day of the 75th running of the Kentucky Derby, Deborah Butterfield credits this event as determining her career as a modernist sculptor of horses. Using found objects that have included a wrecked traile...

Te Papa: More of the National Art Collection Displayed at Te Papa
Past Presents showcases the range of art held in the national collection – everything from old favourites such as the well-known portrait of Mrs Humphrey Devereux by eighteenth-century American artist John Singleton Copley, through to the latest ...

Columbia Museum of Art: Intimate Expressions: Two Centuries of American Drawings
Among the many artists represented in the exhibition are Milton Avery, George Bellows, Charles Burchfield, Paul Cadmus, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Cole, John Singleton Copley, Philip Pearlstein and Benjamin West. Through drawings, the viewer ca...

KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA): Being Here: A Group Exhibition Celebrating Place and Belonging
These are questions that have been recurring themes in contemporary work of the past ten years. Artists have reflected on and imaged Durban for many years though, particularly in early colonial times. But what have replaced those colonial images o...

Portland Museum of Art: Becoming a Nation: Americana from the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, U. S. Department of State
The exhibition, curated by Dr. Jonathan Fairbanks, presents some of the finest examples of American paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and furniture of the golden age of American decorative and fine arts, from approximately 1750-1825. From the...

Peabody Essex Museum: Odyssey Into World Art Spans Time, Place, and Culture

Odyssey: A Journey Into World Art opens to the public October 16 and will run through the fall of 2001.

We want to push the boundaries, says Paula Richter, co-curator for the exhibition. There will be objects in Odyssey that people will be com...
Amon Carter Museum: Celebrating America: Masterworks from Texas Collections
This group of paintings, sculptures, watercolors and photographs celebrates the achievements of those collectors in Texas whose holdings reflect the essential nature of our country’s character. From a pair of 18th-century portraits by John Singlet...

Sert Gallery, Harvard University Art Museums: Beauford Delaney: The Color Yellow
The color yellow made itself explicit in Delaney’s art beginning in the 1940s in Greenwich Village. Washington Square—a well-known New York location reduced by Delaney to a play of mostly whites, yellows, blue, lavender, and a series of curving black...

Smithsonian, National Museum of American Art and its Rewick Gallery: Treasures to Go!
`Storing treasures that attract more than half a million visitors each year was not an option the staff wanted to consider,` said Elizabeth Broun, director of the Smithsonians American Art Museum. Instead, in January the museum is laun...

San Diego Museum of Art: Degas in Bronze: The Complete Sculptures
The collection of 73 sculptures in the show is one of only four complete sets of Degas bronzes, which were cast shortly after the artist’s death, in existence. They come from the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil, and their presentation is organi...

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Biography
Americas First Great Portrait Artist - The Early America Review, Summer 1997

 

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