Paoli Battlefied Lecture Series

Sep 9th, 2019

Jaan Troltenier – Painting Soldiers, Spies and Patriots: John Singleton Copley (part 2)

Did you know that the income which Copley earned by painting in the 1760s was extraordinary for his town and time? It had promoted the son of a needy tobacconist into the local aristocracy. Copley had already bought land on the west side of Beacon Hill extending down to the Charles River. The newly married Copleys, who would have six children, moved into “a solitary house in Boston, on Beacon Hill, chosen with his keen perception of picturesque beauty.”