Edward Savage began his career as a goldsmith and engraver. Primarily a self-taught painter, he may have studied briefly with the American artist Benjamin West while in London in 1791. Savage opened a gallery in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1796, where he exhibited his paintings along with works he had collected from other artists. He moved his gallery to New York City in 1802, and to Boston in 1810, where it became the New England Museum. Savage is best known for his engravings of John Singleton Copley’s paintings.