John Singleton Copley paint


Copley, John Singleton (b. July 3, 1738, Boston [Mass., U.S.]--d. Sept. 9, 1815, London, Eng.) Generally considered the finest painter of colonial America, John Singleton Copley painted portraits and historical subjects. His Boston portraits show a thorough knowledge of his New England models, and his talent as a draftsman and colorist produced pictures of aristocratic elegance and grace (emigrated to London in 1775).

Copley was born on July 3, 1738, in Boston, Mass., to immigrants recently arrived from Ireland. He began to paint in about 1753. His earliest works show the influence of his stepfather, an engraver, and the Boston artist John Smibert. In about 1755 Copley met the English artist Joseph Blackburn, whose use of rococo lightness and coloring he quickly adopted. He also made use of the rococo device called portrait d'apparat--portraying the subject with objects associated with his daily life--that gave his work a distinction not usually found in 18th-century American painting.

Eager to expand his reputation beyond New England, Copley sent his Boy with a Squirrel in 1766 to the Society of Artists in London. It was praised by both Sir Joshua Reynolds and by the transported American artist Benjamin West, who urged him to come to London. He did so in 1774 and painted his first important work, Watson and the Shark, there in 1778. In this painting Copley used what became a frequent theme of 19th-century Romantic art, the struggle of humans against nature. Although he remained in England the rest of his life and was moderately successful, his historical paintings never had the vitality or realism of his Boston portraits.

Copley died in London on Sept. 9, 1815.




Charles Callis Western and his brother Shirley

Charles Callis Western and his brother Shirley
Painted by John Singleton Copley 1783

Other Copley Works:

Watson and the Shark - 1778

Watson and the Shark - John Singleton Copley -1778

Portrait of Mrs Gill circa 1770-1 Oil on canvas (Oc) support 1280 x 1022 mm Presented by Mr and Mrs H.J. Heinz II 1979

Mrs Gill

Study for `The Collapse of the Earl of Chatham' circa 1779 Oil on canvas (Oc) frame 847 x 1170 x 67 mm support 714 x 1045 mm Purchased 1879

'The Collapse of the Earl of Chatham'

The Collapse of the Earl of Chatham in the House of Lords, 7 July 1778 1779-80 Oil on canvas (Oc) support 2286 x 3073 mm Presented by the Earl of Liverpool 1830

The Collapse of the Earl of Chatham in the House of Lords

The Death of Major Peirson, 6 January 1781 1783 Oil on canvas (Oc) frame/transit frame 2600 x 3700 x 200 mm support 2515 x 3658 mm Purchased 1864

The Death of Major Peirson, 6 January 1781

The Siege and Relief of Gibraltar, 13 September 1782; ?replica circa 1783 Oil on canvas (Oc) frame/transit frame 1690 x 2235 x 100 mm support 1346 x 1899 mm Purchased 1868

The Siege and Relief of Gibraltar, 13 September 1782

Study for `The Death of Major Peirson' circa 1783 D[pi] support 356 x 575 mm Purchased 1939

Study for `The Death of Major Peirson'

Sponsored Link - Wheat Bags USA & UK


Microwave Wheat Bags

We are UK Manufacturers and Retailers of Luxurious Microwave Wheat Bags

Having been established since 1997, we have used our experience with wheat bags and natural healing, to put together wonderful,

locally sourced British ingredients to create our range of luxuriously soft and scented cushions filled with wheat.

http://www.painreliefcushions.co.uk Click for UK site and UK orders

http://www.ease-pain.com Click for USA site & USA orders

We now have a store on ETSY to sell to the whole World.

Click to goto Etsy Store


Please visit our Genealogy Items Pinterest Board

Follow Website Hosting Sussex's board Genealogy Items on Pinterest.