John Singleton Copley
A gifted artist and the portrait painter of many of the big names of Revolutionary Boston.
John Singleton Copley is an artist whose work was shaped by where and when he lived. Without the patronage of nobility, the artists of the colonies were seen as craftsman rather than fine artists. Copley complained that he had to paint portraits of wealthy merchants because that was the only kind of work that made him any money. Still historians are indebted to his work for capturing the faces of the past.