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John Singleton Copley

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John Singleton Copley Biography

John Singleton Copley was born into the family of an Irish immigrant named Richard Copley and his wife Mary Singleton Copley. Though no record of the birth was made, the date is believed to have been July 3, 1738. His parents owned and ran a tobacco shop in Boston. By 1748, Richard Copley had died, though the exact date of this is also unknown, but on May 22, 1748 his widow married Peter Pelham, an engraver and teacher, and moved with her son to a quieter and more respectable part of Boston.

John Singleton Copley 60 Most Important Paintings and Artworks

John Singleton Copley Bibliography

The World of Copley. 1738-1815 by Alfred Frankenstein. Time-Life Books. 1970

The Yale Dictionary of Art and Artists by Erika Langmuir and Norbert Lynton.2000.

America's Old Masters: Benjamin West, John Singleton Copley, Charles Wilson Peale and Gilbert Stuart by James Thomas Flexner. Dover Publications, 1994.

John Singleton Copley in America by Carrie Rebora, Paul Staiti. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995.

Art In A Season Of Revolution: Painters, Artisans, And Patrons In Early America by Margaretta M. Lovell. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.

John Singleton Copley by James Thomas Flexner. Fordham University Press, 1993.