Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Artist: John Singleton Copley

John Singleton Copley
1738-1815

Courtesy of Wikipedia

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.

 Paul Revere

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

Wishing you homeschool blessings,

5 comments:

Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom said...

Fascinating! Thanks for sharing.

Wishing you a lovely day.
xoxo

Bethany said...

We start school on Monday. We are getting so excited.

Phyllis said...

We plan to study him this year, too. I loved him in college.

Bethany said...

I have never looked at his works before now, but we are excited to get going!

Hope Jackson said...

Thanks for sharing this! =)

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