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John Singleton Copley: Epes Sargent (detail), ca.1760
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John Singleton Copley

[American Colonial Era Painter, 1738-1815]

• Relationships: Stepson of Peter Pelham from 1748 until Pelham's death in 1751.
Studied under Benjamin West.
Copley's students included Henry Sargent.
• Subject matter:  Specializes in Portraits.
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Original works by John Singleton Copley available for purchase at art galleries worldwide
Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago

Notable SiteButler Institute of American Art, Ohio
Mrs. Daniel Rea and Child, 1757

Notable SiteDallas Museum of Art, Texas

Notable SiteJohn Singleton Copley at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
10 works online

Notable SiteJohn Singleton Copley at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City  

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas  
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Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston  
Paintings collection online

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston  
Drawings collection online

Notable SiteNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

Notable SiteJohn Singleton Copley at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
19 works by John Singleton Copley

Notable SiteJohn Singleton Copley at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Excellent exhibit built around Watson and the Shark

Notable SiteRoyal Academy of Arts Collection, London, UK

Notable SiteThe Royal Collection, London, UK
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Notable SiteYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut  
Isaac Smith

Notable SiteYale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut  
Mrs. Isaac Smith (Elizabeth Storer)

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts

Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick

Beaverbrook Art Gallery, New Brunswick

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine (Zoomable)
Portrait of Thomas Flucker, ca.1770-71

Brooklyn Museum, New York City

Brooklyn Museum/Luce Center for American Art, New York City
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Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio
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Thomas Greene

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Colby College Museum of Art, Maine
Mrs. Metcalf Bowler, 1758

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Thomas Amory II

Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
9 works by or related to the artist

Currier Gallery of Art, New Hampshire
2 works online

Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Portrait of Captain John Small

Five College Museums Collections Database, Massachusetts

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma
Portrait of Mrs. Jabez Bowen (Sara Brown)

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

John Singleton Copley in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Database

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York
Nathaniel Hurd

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota  
Mrs. Nathaniel Allen, ca.1763

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK
3 paintings online

John Singleton Copley at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.
Portrait of John Winthrop

National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut
Lydia Lynde, ca.1762-64

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts
1 work online: Portrait of Sarah Erving Waldo (row 6/image 6). Click on the little "i" on the detail images to bring up information about the works.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mifflin

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
John Spooner, 1763

Seattle Art Museum

Smith College Museum of Art, Massachusetts

John Singleton Copley at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Tate Gallery, London, UK

Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago
Portrait of Mrs. John Stevens, 1770-72
Portrait of a Lady in a Blue Dress, 1763

The Huntington Library, California

The Newark Museum, New Jersey
Portrait of Mrs. Joseph Scott, ca.1765

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
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Timken Museum of Art, San Diego, California
Mrs. Thomas Gage

Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio
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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
Mrs. Isaac Royall, ca.1767-78

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Connecticut
Portrait of a Lady (Mrs. Seymour Fort)

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Mrs. Daniel Rogers, 1862

Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Wichita Art Museum, Kansas
Mr. James Otis, ca.1760
Mrs. James Otis (Mary Allyne Otis), ca.1760

Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts
John Bours
Lucretia Chandler Murray (Mrs. John Murray)
Sarah Tyler Savage (Mrs. Samuel Phillips Savage)

Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts
John Bours, ca.1765-70

National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Smithsonian American Art Museum National Art Inventories
List of works nationwide from two sources: the Inventory of American Paintings Executed before 1914 and the Inventory of American Sculpture (only a few percent of listings have an accompanying image)

Art Market:
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Christie's Past Sale Archive   NEW!
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive   NEW!
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteJohn Singleton Copley in the Art Renewal Center

Notable SiteArtchive  

Notable SiteCGFA  

Notable SiteThe Athenaeum  
117 works online by Copley

Notable SiteWeb Gallery of Art  

Notable SiteWebMuseum  

Notable SiteWikimedia Commons Image Database  

Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur (in German)  
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California State University WorldImages Database  

Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

Humanities Web  

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

PBase Photo Sharing
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The History Project at U.C. Davis  

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Miscellaneous Sites:
Why We Think Nature is Beautiful
Illustrated article by Eugene C. Hargrove

Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on John Singleton Copley  
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Notable SiteGrove Dictionary of Art Online (excerpt)  

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia
Biographical info

Antiques & Fine Art Magazine
Self-Portrait, ca.1770

Antiques & Fine Art Magazine
"Moses in Miniature: A Recently Discovered Portrait by John Singleton Copley"

Jersey Heritage Trust, UK
Biography of the artist

Oxford Dictionary of Art (eNotes)  

Time Magazine
"How John Singleton Copley Became Colonial America's Best Portraitist", 1995 article by Robert Hughes

Time Magazine
"Making it Straight", 1997 article by Robert Hughes

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America's Old Masters: West, Copley, Peale and Stuart

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John Singleton Copley


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John Singleton Copley: The Children of George III
The Children of George III

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The Western Brothers
The Western Brothers

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Henry Pelham, Boy with a Squirrel, 1765
Henry Pelham, Boy with a Squirrel, 1765

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John Singleton Copley: Young Lady with a Bird and Dog
Young Lady with a Bird and Dog

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