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Copley, John Singleton 1738-1815

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Works: 520 works in 763 publications in 1 language and 16,898 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Exhibition catalogs  History  Biography  Records and correspondence  Portraits  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Illustrator, Correspondent, Bibliographic antecedent, Artist, Honoree, Draftsman
Classifications: ND237.C7,
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John Singleton Copley in England by Emily Ballew Neff( Book )

9 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Letters & papers of John Singleton Copley and Henry Pelham, 1739-1776 by John Singleton Copley( Book )

9 editions published between 1914 and 2009 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Singleton Copley : 1738-1815, Gilbert Stuart 1755-1828, Benjamin West 1738-1820 in America & England by Boston Museum of Fine Arts( Book )

2 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Singleton Copley : an American painter entirely devoted to his art by Carolyn J Weekley( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Revere by John Singleton Copley( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American portraits by John Singleton Copley( Book )

2 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world of Copley, 1738-1815 by Alfred V Frankenstein( Book )

3 editions published between 1970 and 1977 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is all about the works of John Singleton Copley
John Singleton Copley by John Singleton Copley( Book )

5 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A defence of the constitutions of government of the United States of America, against the attack of M. Turgot in his letter to Dr. Price, dated the twenty-second day of March, 1778 by John Adams( )

2 editions published between 1794 and 1797 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Proposals for engraving by subscription, a portrait of the Marquis Cornwallis by John Singleton Copley( )

1 edition published in 1795 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Singleton Copley by Jules David Prown( Book )

4 editions published in 1966 in Undetermined and English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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John Singleton Copley in America by Carrie Rebora Barratt( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
John Singleton Copley by James Thomas Flexner( Book )

3 editions published between 1948 and 1993 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A book for both the general reader of American history and the student of art, Flexner's study of Copley (1738-1815) brings into vivid detail the struggle the artist endured against an unfavorable environment in the New World, his rise to fame, the development of his unique style, and the personal growth of the man who became America's first great artist. Copley's life began in the humble surroundings of Boston's waterfront. As a poor boy growing up in a city where no formal art instruction was available, rigorous self-instruction was Copley's only means to his goal of becoming a painter. Through laborious work Copley mastered his craft; the portraits he produced between 1753 and 1774, at the height of his fame, were distinguished by the fully rounded modeling and realism which make the personalities of his subjects come alive. His paintings in these years were the best works a colonial American artist had ever produced. Yet his personal letters reveal that he found life in Boston limited; he cites the dearth of great art from which to learn and by which to be inspired, and complains of what he perceives to be the underappreciation of his patrons. The Boston Tea Party and other events led inexorably toward the Revolution. Copley was unwillingly drawn into the troubled political arena; his loyalist connections made his life in Boston increasingly turbulent and precarious. In 1774, at the suggestion of Joshua Reynolds and Benjamin West, Copley became convinced he was wasting his talents in the colonies and moved to London to study the European masters. This decision marked the second period of his life, lasting forty years, and instigated a no less dramatic shift in the style and subject of his art. Copley's tour of European cities and galleries broadened the range and scope of his work. He produced large canvases of sweeping historical scenes of war, political subjects, and religious subjects considered taboo in the colonies
The heroes; Greek fairy tales by Charles Kingsley( Book )

2 editions published in 1880 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories based on the Greek myths about Perseus, Jason and the Argonauts, Theseus, and the twelve labors of Heracles
 
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John Singleton Copley in England
Alternative Names
Copley, J. S. 1737-1815

Copley, J. S. (John Singleton), 1737-1815

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Copley, John Singleton 1738-1815 the elder

Copley, John Singleton Lyndhurst.

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Copley, R. A.

J. S. Copley, R. A.

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Джон Сінглтан Коплі

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Languages
English (195)

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Letters & papers of John Singleton Copley and Henry Pelham, 1739-1776John Singleton Copley in AmericaAmerica's old mastersReading American artAmerica's old masters