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John Singleton Copley (1738-1815)
John Singleton Copley was an American artist of the colonial period, famous for his portraits of important figures in colonial New England. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, his portraits were innovative in that they tended to portray their subjects with artifacts that were indicative of their lives. Copley demonstrated a genius for rendering surface textures and capturing emotional immediacy.
Daniel Rea
Colonel George Lewis
Head of a Negro
Hugh Hall
Nathaniel Allen
Samuel Adams


Samuel Adams
about 1772
Oil on canvas
125.73 x 100.33 cm (49 1/2 x 39 1/2 in.)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

On view: Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Copley and Contemporaries)

Provenance/Ownership History: The artist; to John Hancock; to John Hancock, his nephew; to Charles Lowell and Washington Hancock, his sons; to city of Boston, 1863; to MFA, 1876, deposited by the City of Boston.
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