A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley by Jane Kamensky

By Jane Kamensky

This daring new heritage recovers an unknown American Revolution as obvious during the eyes of Boston-born painter John Singleton Copley.

Boston within the 1740s: a bustling port on the fringe of the British empire. A boy comes of age in a small wood condominium alongside the lengthy Wharf, which juts into the harbor, as if achieving for London millions of miles around the ocean. someday in his youth, he learns to draw.

That boy was once John Singleton Copley, who grew to become, by way of the 1760s, colonial America’s optimum painter. His brush captured the faces of his neighbors—ordinary males like Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams—who might develop into the innovative heroes of a brand new usa. this day, in museums throughout the United States, Copley’s really good pix evoke patriotic fervor and rebellious optimism.

The artist, besides the fact that, didn't percentage his topics’ politics. Copley’s kingdom was once Britain; his capital, London. while uprising sundered Britain’s empire, either relatives and calling decided the painter’s allegiances. He sought the most important canvas for his abilities and the most secure domestic for his kinfolk. So, by the point the USA declared its independence, Copley and his relatives have been in London. He painted America’s revolution from a miles shore, as Britain’s American War.

An intimate portrait of the artist and his awesome occasions, Jane Kamensky’s A Revolution in Color masterfully unearths the area of the yankee Revolution, a spot in time riven through divided loyalties and tangled sympathies. very similar to the realm during which he lived, Copley’s existence and profession have been marked through incredible rises and devastating falls. yet although his ambivalence fee him dearly, the painter’s achievements in either Britain and the US made him a towering determine of either countries’ inventive legacies.

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