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John Singleton Copley - Mrs. Joseph Mann (Bethia Torrey) - 43.1353 - Museum of Fine Arts

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John Singleton Copley - Mrs. Joseph Mann (Bethia Torrey) - 43.1353 - Museum of Fine Arts

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John Singleton Copley (1738-1815) was an American painter known for his portraits of prominent figures in colonial America and the early United States. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of immigrant parents from Ireland and England. Copley began his artistic career as a portrait painter in Boston, where he gained recognition for his ability to capture the likeness and character of his subjects. He was particularly adept at portraying the city's wealthy merchants and politicians, and his portraits often included detailed depictions of their clothing and surroundings. In 1774 Copley travelled to London to further his artistic training and to seek new commissions. He quickly gained a reputation as one of the leading portrait painters of his day, and his work was sought after by members of the British royal family and other prominent figures. Despite his success in England, Copley remained attached to his American roots and continued to paint portraits of American subjects throughout his career. He also became involved in the political debates of the day, supporting the cause of American independence and maintaining close ties with many of the leading figures of the American Revolution. Copley's legacy as an artist is marked by his ability to capture the spirit and character of his subjects, as well as his technical skill and attention to detail. His portraits are considered some of the most important works of art from colonial America and continue to be admired and studied today.

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1700 - 1799
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Museum of Fine Arts Boston
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