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John Singleton Copley, the great 18th century American portrait and history painter

Lecture on Monday 5th October 2020 at 1:45PM

Lecturer: Clive Stewart-Lockhart
Venue: Larruperz Centre

Most famous for the magnificent Death of Major Pierson, at Tate Britain, Copley was born and brought up in Boston before the American Revolution. The inspiration for this talk is a pair of portraits, by Copley, of Clive’s forebears, Duncan Stewart and his wife Anne Erving, painted in 1793.

The lecture follows Copley’s life from his early days in his mother's tobacco shop in Boston to his election to the Royal Academy in London and life in England.

Copley was possibly the greatest and most influential painter in colonial America, painting portraits of all the key figures in Revolutionary Boston including Paul Revere with a silver teapot, leaving a great legacy on both sides of the Atlantic.

Clive Stewart-Lockhart studied on the Sotheby's Works of Art course and has now been working in the fine art world for 46 years. He is Managing Director of Woolley and Wallis, the UK's leading regional firm of auctioneers, in Salisbury, and was a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow for 25 years before retiring recently. Has also lectured on cruise ships as well as for many other groups, and recently published a major article in the Journal of the Decorative Arts Society on Betty Joel.

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