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John Singleton Copley
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    (circa 1738-September 9, 1815)
    Born in Boston, Massachusetts
    Painted 'The Boy with the Squirrel' (1765), 'Paul Revere' (1770), 'Samuel Adams' (1772), 'Portrait of the Copley Family' (1776), 'Watson and the Shark' (1778), 'The Seige and Relief of Gibraltar' (1783) and 'The Death of Major Pierson' (1784)
    In his correspondence, he constantly complained that America had no art.
    Then during a tour of Europe, he boasted of the art America would produce when it became independent.
    He left Boston for England during the Revolutionary War because his in-laws were Loyalists.
    In his later years, he was dependent on loans from his wealthy son-in-law.
    He was a successful portrait artist in his teens.
    He was considered the foremost painter in colonial America.
    He was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts (1783).
    Despite his in-laws' pro-British leanings, he celebrated George III formally recognizing American independence by painting the Stars and Stripes on a ship in the background of a portrait he was working on.

Credit: C. Fishel

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