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John Singleton
Copley
American painter
born 1737- died 1815

Nationality:
American

Student of:
Benjamin West (1738-1820)

Employee of:
Benjamin West (1738-1820)

Brother of:


Biographical Information

COPLEY, JOHN SINGLETON (1737-1815), English historical painter, was born of Irish parents at Boston, Massachusetts. He was self-educated, and commenced his career as a portraitpainter in his native city. The germ of his reputation in England was a little picture of a boy and squirrel, exhibited at the Society of Arts in 1760. In 1774 he went to Rome, and thence in 1775 came to England. In 1777 he was admitted associate of the Royal Academy; in 1783 he was made Academician on the exhibition of his most famous picture, the Death of Chatham, popularized immediately by Bartolozzi's elaborate engraving; and in 1790 he was commissioned to paint a portrait picture of the defence of Gibraltar. The Death of Major Pierson, in the National Gallery, also deserves mention. Copley's powers appear to greatest advantage in his portraits. He was the father of Lord Chancellor Lyndhurst.

Source: Entry on the artist in the 1911 Edition Encyclopedia.

   Artist Portraits

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Portrait of a Lady

1771
Oil on canvas
123.19 x 100.33 cm
(48½" x 39½")
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Added: 2005-09-11
Portrait of a Lady
Baron Graham

1804
Oil on canvas
145.415 x 119.0498 cm
(57¼" x 46.87")
National Gallery of Art (Washington, District of Columbia, United States)

Added: 2005-09-11
Baron Graham
Charles Callis Western and His Brother Shirley Western

1783
Oil on canvas
124.46 x 154.94 cm
(49" x 61")
Huntington Library Art Collections (San Marino, California, United States)

Added: 2005-09-11
Charles Callis Western and His Brother Shirley Western
Clark Gayton, Admiral of the White

1779
Oil on canvas
128.27 x 102.87 cm
(50½" x 40½")
National Maritime Museum (United Kingdom)

Added: 2005-09-11
Boy with a Squirrel

1760
Oil on canvas
76.835 x 63.5 cm
(30¼" x 25")
Public collection

Added: 2005-09-11
Eleazer Tyng

1772
Oil on canvas
126.365 x 101.9302 cm
(49¾" x 40.13")
National Gallery of Art (Washington, District of Columbia, United States)

Added: 2005-09-11
Eleazer Tyng
Epes Sargent II

c1764
Oil on canvas
124.46 x 99.06 cm
(49" x 39")
Public collection

Added: 2005-09-11
Epes Sargent II
Henry Laurens

1782
Oil on canvas
137.4648 x 103.2002 cm
(54.12" x 40.63")
National Portrait Gallery (Washington, District of Columbia)

Added: 2005-09-11
Henry Laurens
Head of a Negro

1777-1778
Oil on canvas
53.34 x 41.275 cm
(21" x 16¼")
Detroit Institute of Art (Detroit, Michigan, United States)

Added: 2005-09-11
Elkanah Watson

1782
Oil on canvas
148.91 x 120.97 cm
(58.63" x 47.63")
Princeton University Art Museum (United States)

Added: 2005-09-11