John Singleton Copley

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
John Singleton Copley
Also Known as
John Singleton Copley, the Elder
Boston, Massachusetts
London, England
born Boston, MA 1738-died 1815 London, England
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Born in Boston, moved to London in 1774. The most celebrated American artist of the 18th century, he achieved great success first as a portraitist in Massachusetts, later as a history painter in England.

Charles Sullivan, ed American Beauties: Women in Art and Literature (New York: Henry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with National Museum of American Art, 1993)

Essentially self-taught, John Singleton Copley became the leading portrait painter in the colonies before moving to England in 1774. He painted miniatures between 1755 and 1770, creating roughly thirty oil-on-copper images and fifteen paintings in watercolor on ivory.

Works by This Artist (5 items)