A Revolution in Color
Finalist for the 2017 George Washington Book Prize.
"A Revolution in Color": The World of John Singleton Copley. By Jane Kamensky. ISBN 978-0-393-24001-6. Copyright 2016. Hardcover with 544 pages.
By the 1760's, Boston-born painter John Singleton Copley had become colonial America's premier painter. His brush captured the faces of his neighbors; men like Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams, who would become the revolutionary heroes of a new United States. The artist, however, did not share his subjects' politics. Copley's nation was Britain; his capital, London. When rebellion sundered Britain's empire, both kin and calling determined the painter's allegiances. He sought the largest canvas for his talents and the safest home for his family. So, by the time the United States declared its independence, Copley and his kin were in London. He painted America's revolution from a far shore, as Britain's American War. Today, in museums across America, Copley's brilliant portraits evoke patriotic fervor and rebellious optimism.