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John Singleton Copley in America

Author: Carrie Rebora Barratt; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : Distributed by H.N. Abrams, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Unexpectedly, John Singleton Copley illuminated Boston's colonial sky," writes one of the authors of this volume. The son of poor Irish immigrants, Copley (1738-1815) became the supreme portraitist of the colonial era before he left his native Boston for England in 1774. Primarily in Boston, and to some extent in New York, Copley depicted contemporary merchant princes, clergymen, and military officers and their
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Genre/Form: Exhibitions
Biography Portraits Exhibitions
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
John Singleton Copley in America.
New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : Distributed by H.N. Abrams, ©1995
(OCoLC)603808832
Named Person: John Singleton Copley; John Singleton Copley; John Singleton Copley
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carrie Rebora Barratt; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN: 0870997440 9780870997440 0870997459 9780870997457 0810964929 9780810964921 0300086318 9780300086317
OCLC Number: 32085369
Notes: Exhibition catalog.
Description: xv, 348 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
Contents: Copley and art history : the study of America's first old master / Carrie Rebora --
Accounting for Copley ; Character and class / Paul Staiti --
An American despite himself / Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. --
"The whole art of dress" : costume in the work of John Singleton Copley / Aileen Ribeiro --
Copley in miniature / Erica E. Hirschler --
Painting in crayon : the pastels of John Singleton Copley / Marjorie Shelley --
Copley's picture frames / Morrison H. Heckscher --
Catalogue / Janet L. Comey [and others] --
Chronology / Carrie Rebora.
Responsibility: Carrie Rebora [and others] ; with contributions by Morrison H. Heckscher, Aileen Ribeiro, Marjorie Shelley.

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"Unexpectedly, John Singleton Copley illuminated Boston's colonial sky," writes one of the authors of this volume. The son of poor Irish immigrants, Copley (1738-1815) became the supreme portraitist of the colonial era before he left his native Boston for England in 1774. Primarily in Boston, and to some extent in New York, Copley depicted contemporary merchant princes, clergymen, and military officers and their wives, as well as Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and other political leaders. His splendidly painted portraits provided his sitters, Loyalists and revolutionaries alike, with the opulent images they craved and brought him spectacular material success.

This book, which accompanies an important exhibition of Copley's work organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is the first major study of the artist published since 1966. Like the exhibition, it focuses on the large-scale paintings, miniatures, and pastels Copley executed before he moved to London, on the theory that his American oeuvre is unified by the circumstances of its production and is stylistically and intellectually distinct from his English pictures.

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