John Singleton Copley (1738-1815) was a American painter.
He was the leading portraitist of the colonial period, but from 1775 he lived mainly in London, where he painted lively historical scenes such as "The Death of Major Pierson" in 1783 (Tate Gallery, London).
Copley was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Some of his history paintings are unusual in portraying recent dramatic events, such as "Brook Watson and the Shark" in 1778 (National Gallery, Washington).
Why is John Singleton Copley famous?
John Singleton Copley is famous for his portrait paintings for important persons.