John Singleton Copley
American, 1738-1815
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Collected by major museums
Tate, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Exhibitions
2015
Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia,
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2014
Royal Childhood,
Royal Collection Trust

John Singleton Copley’s portraits of colonial New Englanders, including Paul Revere and John Hancock, are considered among the best examples of early American art. In painting “visual biographies”—portraits that subtly indicated the sitter’s social position through narrative details—Copley endeared himself to his …

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