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John Singleton Copley in England

Author: Emily Ballew Neff; John Singleton Copley; William L Pressly; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.; National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
Publisher: Houston, Tex. : Museum of Fine Arts, 1995.
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John Singleton Copley is well known in America as the creator of the finest portraits of the Colonial era. Less well known is the fact that he left America in 1774, when the impending armed struggle between the Colonies and England threatened to destroy his livelihood, and settled in London to pit himself ambitiously against the Old Masters and the English giants of the day. Copley's English career was long and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Named Person: John Singleton Copley; John Singleton Copley; John Singleton Copley
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Ballew Neff; John Singleton Copley; William L Pressly; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.; National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
ISBN: 0890900701 9780890900703 1858940230 9781858940236
OCLC Number: 32894026
Notes: "In association with Merrell Holberton Publishers, London."
"This exhibition [held at] National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., October 11, 1995-January 7, 1996 [and] the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, Texas, February 4-April 28, 1996"--Title page verso.
Description: 182 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Responsibility: Emily Ballew Neff ; with an essay by William L. Pressly.

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John Singleton Copley is well known in America as the creator of the finest portraits of the Colonial era. Less well known is the fact that he left America in 1774, when the impending armed struggle between the Colonies and England threatened to destroy his livelihood, and settled in London to pit himself ambitiously against the Old Masters and the English giants of the day. Copley's English career was long and brilliant - and represents the most important period of his working life. During the forty-one years he spent in England, Copley created his great masterpieces of history painting and portraiture that stand as key monuments of British painting. From the earliest days of his career in London Copley realized that he would have to do everything possible to stand out in a crowded field of painters and create works that would bring him instant notice. This he did with his first great English picture, The Copley Family (1776-77) and, even more dramatically, with the landmark Watson and the Shark (1778). He quickly mastered the elements of the fashionable English style of painting, exchanging the tight and linear handling of the Colonial period for one more fluid and expressive. By the 1780s Copley was reckoned one of the most important painters working in England, a clear rival to his compatriot Benjamin West. With his masterpiece, The Death of Major Pierson (1784), Copley assumed a place of primacy in the field of history painting. While William L. Pressly gives a balanced, up-to-date exposition of Copley's English career, Emily Ballew Neff examines his masterpiece, The Death of Major Pierson, in particular detail, and is the author of the catalogue of his major English works. This is a long overdue study of this important painter.

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