John Singleton Copley
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Copley was born in America and was well known for depicting portraits of people with things from their lives (See the picture of Paul Revere below). Many of his paintings were of historical people and important events. He painted over 350 pieces of art in his lifetime and he was said to create startling likenesses. Working during the time leading up to the American Revolution, Copley was unbiased in those he painted.
Saul Reproved by Samuel for Not Obeying the Commandments of the Lord
The Copley Family
While he was studying abroad in London in October 1775, his wife, children, and father-in-law, Richard Clarke joined him. To celebrate, Copley painted The Copley Family. From left to right, John Singleton Copley, Richard Clarke, Susanna on his lap, Elizabeth (Betsy), John Singleton, Jr., Susanna (wife called Sukey), and daughter Mary. *The infant was orginally to have been an infant son, Clarke, but he died in 1776 and in the completed work the baby is Susanna who was born in England in October 1776.
The Death of the Earl of Chatham
The Red Cross Knight
The Red Cross Knight is based on Edmund Spenser's classic epic poem The Faerie Queen. Copley's children were the models for this painting. John is the Red Cross Knight, Elizabeth is Faith, and Mary is Hope.
Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar
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