R.A. born 1737; d. 1815. Portrait of John Adams. Born 1735; d. 1826. Second President of the United States (1797-1801). Painted in London in 1783. Copley, who was born at Boston, studied the art in which he was to excel, under his stepfather, Peter Pelham, and afterwards under the portrait-painter, I.B. Blackburn, whose pictures his own early works greatly resemble in style. In 1773, he sent a picture to England, which was exhibited at Somerset House, and so well spoken of it, that he determined to follow it. He arrived in England in 1774, and in 1783 was elected Royal Academician. He travelled on the continent, but never returned to America. Copley's three styles are easily distinguished in his portraits. The first is hard, angular, . . . The second, of which the portrait of President Adams may be taken as an example, as well as the two Boylston portraits exhibited with it, is technically excellent, showing great skill in the representation of materials, such as satins, silks, and laces; and being remarkable for its truth to character. In his third style,--of which the best examples are "The Copley Family," his masterpiece, and the portrait of Mrs. Abigail Rogers,--Copley takes rank with the great portrait-painters of his time. . . . [P. 11; exhibited under heading: "Oil Paintings."]
Massachusetts Centennial Art Exhibition, at the Galleries of the Boston Art Club, No. 64 Boylston Street, and at No. 48 Boylston Street, commencing April 3, 1876--Hours from 9, a.m. to 10, p.m.
Artist professional affiliation: Royal Academician.