This is another post in my series about Charlotte Mason’s picture study technique for homeschool art appreciation. Today, I am focusing on another American artist, John Singleton Copley. He made one of my favorite works of all time–Watson and the Shark (see below)! He is a portrait artist around the time of the American Revolution. His Portrait of Paul Revere is simply amazing.
The following links will help you discuss these works with your children. These works are specifically chosen for the Charlotte Mason Picture Study technique described in the first link.
Artist: John Singleton Copley (1738–1815)
“John Singleton Copley, the foremost artist in colonial America, was virtually self-taught as a portraitist. By meticulously recording details, he created powerful characterizations of his Boston sitters. After he emigrated to London in 1774, Copley began to specialize in narrative scenes from history and joined the influential artistic institution, the Royal Academy of Art. Copley demonstrated a genius, in both his American and British periods, for rendering surface textures and capturing emotional immediacy.” – National Gallery of Art
Visit http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/copl/hd_copl.htm for more biographical information.
John Singleton Copley: 100+ American Colonial Paintings** –This is a kindle book for only $4. Even better, it is in the Kindle lending library, so Amazon Prime** members can check it out for free!
Works included in this Resource:
- The Death of Major Peirson, 1783
- Portrait of Paul Revere, 1768
- Watson and the Shark, 1778
- The Copley Family, 1776-77 94
- Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Izard, 1775
- A Boy with a Flying Squirrel, 1765
Which one is your favorite painting by this artist? Why? What artist would you like me to cover in future posts?
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