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Encyclopedia > John Singleton Copley
Portrait of Copley by Gilbert Stuart.

John Singleton Copley (circa July 3, 1738September 9, 1815) was a Boston-born American artist of the colonial period, famous for his portraits of important figures in colonial New England, particularly men and women of the middle class. His portraits were innovative in that they tended to portray their subjects with artifacts that were indicative of their lives. John Singleton Copley (portrait by Gilbert Stuart) This image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired in the United States and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years. ... John Singleton Copley (portrait by Gilbert Stuart) This image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired in the United States and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years. ... Self portrait, 1778 Gilbert Charles Stuart (né Stewart) (December 3, 1755 - July 9, 1828) was an American painter. ... Look up Circa on Wiktionary, the free dictionary The Latin word circa, literally meaning about, is often used to describe various dates (often birth and death dates) that are uncertain. ... July 3 is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 181 days remaining. ... Events February 4 - Court Jew Joseph Suss Oppenheimer is executed in Württenberg April 15 - Premiere in London of Serse, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel. ... September 9 is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years). ... April 5-12: Mount Tambora explodes, changing climate. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ...

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Biography

John Singleton Copley was the son of an Irish immigrant named Richard Copley and his wife Mary Singleton Copley. His parents owned and ran a tobacco shop in Boston. By 1748, Richard Copley had died, though the exact date of this is also unknown, but on May 22, 1748, Mary Copley married Peter Pelham, an engraver and teacher, and moved with her son to a quieter and more respectable part of Boston. John Singleton Copley was only about 13 years old in 1751 when his stepfather, Peter Pelham, died. May 22 is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events April 24 - A congress assembles at Aix-la-Chapelle with the intent to conclude the struggle known as the War of Austrian Succession - at October 18 - The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle is signed to end the war Adam Smith begins to deliver public lectures in Edinburgh Building of... Events Adam Smith is appointed professor of logic at the University of Glasgow March 25 - For the last time, New Years Day is legally on March 25 in England and Wales. ...


In 1774, Copley migrated to England to continue painting there. He moved on to Paris, Genoa and Rome before returning to London nine months later ([1]). Chesma Column in Tsarskoe Selo, commemorating the end of the Russo-Turkish War. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Paris Eiffel tower as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ... Genoa (Genova [] in Italian - Zena [] in Genoese) is a city and a seaport in northern Italy, the capital of the Province of Genoa and of the region of Liguria. ... Nickname: Motto: SPQR: Senatus Populusque Romanus Location of the city of Rome (yellow) within the Province of Rome (red) and region of Lazio (grey) Coordinates: Region Lazio Province Province of Rome Founded 21 April 753 BC Government  - Mayor Walter Veltroni Area  - City 1,285 km²  (580 sq mi)  - Urban 5...


He began to specialize in historical narrative scenes which are sometimes dismissed by critics as lacking the vibrancy of his earlier portraits and joined the influential artistic institution, the Royal Academy of Art. Copley demonstrated a genius, in both his American and British periods, for rendering surface textures and capturing emotional immediacy. He died in London in 1815. This article refers to an art institution in London. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Marriage

Copley was married to Susanna Farnham Clarke, whose father, Richard, was one of Boston’s richest merchants and local agent for the British East India Company. The couple had six children during their 45-year marriage ([2]). The British East India Company, sometimes referred to as John Company, was the first joint-stock company (the Dutch East India Company was the first to issue public stock). ...


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Today

Boston's famous Copley Square is named for the artist and is situated in between the Boston Public Library, the John Hancock Tower, and the Trinity Church. The square bustles year round with concerts, vendors, skateboarders, and occasionally artists, enjoying the surprising sereneness of the city's tree lined square. Trinity Church with the Old John Hancock Tower in Copley Square Trinity Church reflected in the windows of the John Hancock Tower Copley Square is an area of the Back Bay district of Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Boston Public Librarys McKim building The Boston Public Library was established in 1848. ... John Hancock Tower, 200 Clarendon St. ... Trinity Church in Boston. ...


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John Singleton Copley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (268 words)
John Singleton Copley (July 3, 1738 – September 9, 1815) was an American artist of the colonial period, famous for his portraits of important figures in colonial New England.
He began to specialize in historical narrative scenes which are sometimes dismpissed by croitics as lacking thre vibramncy of his earlier portraits and joined the influential artistic institution, the Royal Academy of Art.
Copley demonstrated a genius, in both his American and British periods, for rendering surface textures and capturing emotional immediacy.
John Singleton Copley - MSN Encarta (273 words)
John Singleton Copley (1738-1815), the foremost artist of colonial America and one of its most prolific.
Copley was born on July 3, 1738, in Boston, and was trained by his stepfather, a mezzotint engraver.
Copley's early work shows the influence of the Boston painter John Smibert and of English rococo portraitists (see Rococo Style).
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