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 Alfred Copestick  (1837 - 1859)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: marine, landscape

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Three Men Hauling Nets Ashore
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Of the following obituaries one is from the "Wellsboro Agitator", of Delmar Township Pennsylvania, and the other is from an unknown source. They were submitted April 2005 from Brian Copestick, great, great nephew of the artist.


We regret to record the particulars of an accident which occurred about Noon on Sunday, the 28, in Delmar Twp., by which a young man of extraordinary promise and genius lost his life.

Alfred Copestick, whose name and works are known to the lovers of art in Philadelphia and New York, and elsewhere, has been in Delmar on a visit to his father Mr. Charles Copestick, for two or three weeks past. On the day of his death he went into the woods to shoot pigeons. He had shot one, reloaded his gun and stood talking with two young friends who accompanied him. He stood upon a log leaning upon his gun, which it is supposed, slipped off the log, striking against the hammer, breaking off the thumb piece and causing its discharge. The shot entered the heart in the left side passing upward and obliquely to the right shoulder. He lived about half an hour, and died where he fell, surrounded by those who loved him.

The deceased although 22 years of age had already won for himself honorable distinction and his picture "Head Waters of the Juniata" at the exhibition in New York last winter, was praised by the best art critics. His untimely fate will be lamented by all who knew him; and those who knew him not, cannot but regret that one so promising should then be cut down in the flower of youth.

"The Wellsboro Agitator". Vol VI. 1 Sep. 1856 No.5.


We briefly mentioned in a former number the premature death of Alfred Copestick, a promising young artist of our city, who was killed on the 28th of August last, by the accidental explosion of his fowling piece, while on a visit to his father's house in Wellsboro, Tioga County; but we were unable at the time to obtain any particulars. Though the kindness of a mutual friend,- Mr. Orr, the well known engraver- we are now enabled to give a brief sketch of his life, the first occasion that such a mournful service has been demanded of us since we have assumed the "World of Art."

Little is known of this promising young artist, even by his most intimate friends; singularly exclusive in his habits, remarkably taciturn and retiring in disposition, he devoted himself exclusively to his profession, and had already made considerable progress, although he was but twenty two years of age at the time of his decease.

Self taught in art, he had admirably won the meed of public praise by his woodland sketches, and paintings of the marine genre, which are the more remarkable as he had no other opportunity of studying the various phases of the sea than by occasional trips to Coney Island, or places on the neighboring shores. An admirable painting of a wreck stranded upon the shore, was exhibited at the Academy of Design last year, and is now in the possession of his father. The original study of this fine picture may now be seen in the artist's deserted studio, adjoining Mr. Orr's engraving office, No.52 John Street; where may also be seen some woodland studies of correct drawing and fine tinting, testifying that a few more years such studious application

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the print is unlike any in the local Wellsboro paper. The rest or the obit is missing where it appears to have been cut off. Maybe this was the last line).

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