John Singleton Copley
(1738 - 1815)
John Singleton Copley was active/lived in Massachusetts / United Kingdom. John Copley is known for portrait, historical, genre and religious painting.
by Gilbert Stuart
Biography John Singleton Copley
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crowds who visited the Copley exhibition in Washington and Houston in
1996 were a testimony to the enduring regard in which this artist is
still held in his native land. The utterly convincing realism of his
portraits of wealthy Bostonian merchants and landed gentry in the years
before the American revolution has secured him a lasting fame, a fact
which would no doubt have surprised the artist, who had complained that
'fame cannot be durable where pictures are confined to sitting rooms,
and regarded only for the resemblance they bear to their originals'.
attention to the minutiae of patterned lace, his polished wood and
metal surfaces, brilliant fabrics and lustrous pearls, all rendered
with a jeweler's prec
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