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John Singleton Copley

Artist:

Lewis Cohen

Location:

Copley Sq., near Boylston St.  

Location

Copley Sq., near Boylston St.
United States
42° 21' 0.378" N, 71° 4' 35.6196" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

2002

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

Funders:

Friends of Copley Square

Description:

A statue of the painter John Singleton Copley fittingly presides over the public square named after him. Copley was the most prominent painter in colonial America, and his work gave pause to those who considered the colonies unrefined in comparison to the cities of Europe. In fact, Copley became well known on both sides of the Atlantic and was elected into England’s prestigious Royal Academy of Arts, an elite association of artists. As a portrait painter, Copley aimed to capture the personalities of his wealthy and influential subjects, and he often depicted them among objects or furnishings that revealed their interests and tastes. Here, sculptor Lewis Cohen follows the great master’s example and shows Copley holding paintbrushes and a palette.

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