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John Singleton Copley

features one of the foremost artists in colonial America. Virtually self-taught as a portraitist, he created powerful characterizations of his Boston sitters. After he emigrated to London in 1774, Copley began to specialize in narrative scenes from history and joined the influential artistic institution, the Royal Academy of Art. Copley demonstrated a genius, in both his American and British periods, for rendering surface textures and capturing emotional immediacy. (National Gallery of Art)

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John Singleton Copley, American, 1738 - 1815.  'The Red Cross Knight,' 1793, oil on canvas, 213.5 x 273 cm (84 x 107 1/2 in.)  Gift of Mrs. Gordon Dexter -- 1942.4.2

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