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John Singleton Copley
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Born (1738-07-03)July 3, 1738
Died September 9, 1815(1815-09-09) (aged 77)
Nationality British and American
Known for Portraiture
Notable work
Watson and the Shark (1778)

John Singleton Copley RA (1738 – September 9, 1815) was an Anglo-American painter, active in both colonial America and England. 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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