Merican Art History John Singleton Copley

In 17th Century North America, colonists did not have the benefit of wealth nor leisure to enjoy the fine arts. Most artists specialized in trade similar to the silversmith expertise of the renowned Paul Revere and while commercial methods became a focus, leisurely art was not easily accessible or mainstay. However, into the early 18th century, portrait art become an increasing demand and many artists were attracted to that field. One of the early portrait painters Peter Pelham was from England, However, John Singleton Copley emerged as a native talent.

In a 2 page paper, compare the work of Copley to Peter Pelham an early portrait artist. Be sure to compare/contrast elements such as figures, shapes, details, lighting and color. Focus could be placed on any of the following questions: who is in the painting? what can you figure out was the familyas source of income or wealth? Are their observed differenced in the roles of men, women, and children conveyed in this work?

2 pages (approx. 300 words per page), not including title page or references page
1-inch margins
Double spaced
12 point Times New Roman font
Cover page with topic and name of student
References page