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John Singleton Copley (* 3 July 1738 in Boston; † 9 September 1815 in London) was an American English painter. He was probably born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Richard and Mary Singleton Copley, both Anglo-Irish. After becoming well-established as a portrait painter of the wealthy in colonial New England he moved to London in 1774, never returning to America. In London, he met considerable success as a portraitist for the next two decades, and also painted a number of large history paintings, which were innovative in their readiness to depict modern subjects and modern dress. His later years were less successful, and he died heavily in debt.

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93 | Watson and the Shark (Watson und der Hai), 1782

John Singleton Copley

*1738-1815, USA

93 | Watson and the Shark (Watson und der Hai), 1782

Oil on canvas, 91,4 x 77,4 cm
Detroit Institute of Arts, USA
Dexter M. Ferry Jr. fund
© Bridgeman Images

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