John Singleton Copley (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.
Born: July 3, 1738; Boston, United States Places are defined in terms of modern geography.
Died: September 9, 1815; London, United Kingdom Places are defined in terms of modern geography.
- Active Years: 1752 - 1815
- Nationality: American
- Art Movement: Neoclassicism, Romanticism
- Genre: portrait
- Field: painting
- Influenced on: Théodore Géricault
- Art institution: Royal Academy of Arts (RA), London, UK