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John Singleton Copley in America
Carrie Rebora Barratt
0300086318
Sept 1995
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Solid scholarship and lavish production distinguish this study of one of Colonial America's leading painters, John Singleton Copley (1738-1815). Designed to accompany the currently touring exhibition of Copley's American works, this volume makes the case for the early Copley's importance both as an aesthetic innovator and as representative of his time and place. From his iconic portrait of Paul Revere at work to his haunting depiction of Mrs. Thomas Gage, the British general's unhappy American wife, the works that Copley produced before abandoning his native Boston for Europe in 1774 gleam with technical brilliance and have historical significance. Notable contributions to this catalogue include an overview of Copley scholarship by Rebora, associate curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; two lucid essays by...


Still Looking: Essays on American Art
John Updike
1400044189
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Published primarily in the New York Review of Books, the collected essays in Still Looking are less art criticism than finely honed art appreciations. Reviewers note Updike’s inquisitive tone and earnest interest in his subject matter. The often honored (an American Book Award, an O. Henry Prize, a National Medal for the Humanities) and prolific author once aspired for a career in cartooning and studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford, England. The major complaint, if it can be registered as such, is that Updike is so effective at bringing these works to life that the book, though amply illustrated, provokes frustration that the exhibitions are no longer running.Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.

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America's Old Masters
James Thomas Flexner
048627957X
Feb 1994
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Though Flexner is now recognized as a master, this 1939 title was his first volume on American art. In it he profiles Benjamin West (1738-1820), John Singleton Copely (1738-1815), Charles Wilson Peale (1741-1827), and Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828). For this edition, 31 of the original illustrations have been rephotographed from new prints, and 38 additional illustrations have been included. A benchmark title for art history collections.Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
Concise biographies examine painters, wellsprings of their art, interplay of native tradition and European influence, more. 69 halftones. Bibliography.


John Singleton Copley
James Thomas Flexner
0823215237
Sept 1993
Hardcover
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Book Description
A book for both the general reader of American history and the student of art, Flexner's study of Copley (1738-1815), brings into vivid detail the struggle the artist endured against an unfavorable environment in the New World, his rise to fame, the development of his unique style, and the personal growth of the man who rose to critical acclaim and then sank to obscurity. Copley's life began in the humble surroundings of Boston's waterfront. As poor boy growing up in a city where no formal art instruction was available and the conventional response of Boston society was a Puritanical mistrust of such activity, rigorous self-instruction was Copley's only means to his goal of becoming a painter. Through laborious work Copley mastered his craft; the portraits he produced between 1753 and 1774, at the height of his fame,...


Becoming a Nation: Americana from the Diplomatic Reception Rooms U.S. Department of State
Jonathan Fairbanks
0847825280
April 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Even before the American Revolution, the artists and craftsmen of our young country were forging a distinguished American identity through beautiful examples of fine and decorative arts. Many of the finest examples of the work created during the earliest years of the country's history--from 1730 to 1840--were collected by the U.S. Department of State to decorate the reception rooms where important statesmen and diplomats are greeted. Highlights from this prestigious collection of American art and craft will tour in a nationwide exhibition for the first time.

Becoming a Nation features more than 100 objects from the exhibition, each accompanied by detailed essays. The book includes paintings by such notable American masters as John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, and Fitz Hugh Lane; exceptional works of...


New England Silver and Silversmithing, 1620-1815
Jeannine J. Falino (Editor)
096207375X
January 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
New England, especially Boston, was a center of the silversmith’s art and craft in early America. In this volume, eleven distinguished scholars from museums and universities examine the styles, forms, and functions of silver from the time of John Hull and Robert Sanderson in the mid-seventeenth century through the career of Paul Revere in the federal period. Among the diverse topics considered are the etiquette connected with the use of silver tobacco, snuff, and patch boxes, and the social significance of Boston’s rare silver chocolate pots. An analysis of the narrative hunting scenes and other imagery on Boston rococo silver reveals much about early patterns of courtship and social interaction. A close study of John Singleton Copley’s portrait of Paul Revere and Revere’s Sons of Liberty bowl...


American Art and Architecture
Michael J. Lewis
0500203911
June 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
An accessible, concise, and beautifully written survey of American art and architecture from 1600 to the present. This new survey provides a complete history of American art and architecture from its seventeenth-century colonial beginnings to the latest installation and video work. Structured chronologically, the book defines the characteristics of the different periods and highlights the consistent forms, techniques, and styles that mark the art and architecture as distinctively American. Michael J. Lewis charts the ways in which American artists and architects both adopted and diverged from earlier European models to create an original visual language of their own. He also shows how that language in turn came to influence and eventually dominate art and architecture around the world.Professor Lewis integrates...


American Drawings and Watercolors in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born before 1835, Vol. 1
Kevin J. Avery (Editor)
0300093721
October 2002
Hardcover
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Library Journal
...[I]mpressive...Extremely well written and chock-full of information...[For] all larger libraries,...academic and museum libraries...

Book Description
The Metropolitan Museum of Art began acquiring American drawings in 1880 and has since amassed a spectacular collection of more than 1,400 works in watercolor, pastel, ink, graphite, chalk, and charcoal. This beautifully produced catalogue, the first volume in a series devoted to the museum's rich holdings, presents works by artists born before 1835, including such great American artists as John Singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, George Inness, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. In his introduction, Kevin J. Avery describes the acquisitions history of American drawings at the Metropolitan from 1880 to the present day. Marjorie...


An American Point of View: The Daniel J Terra Collection
Elizabeth Kennedy
0932171273
February 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A Pennsylvania native who made his fortune in fast-drying printer's ink, Terra (1911-1996) was praised by Ronald Reagan as a man who was "doing more for American art than any other man in the history of the country." While that may be a stretch, Terra did amass a very respectable collection of American paintings during his lifetime, and he worked hard to share his enthusiasm with others; cultural conservatives considered his private philanthropy to be a model of post-public support for the arts. His Terra Museum of Art in downtown Chicago was inaugurated in 1987, and five years later he founded the Musée d'Art Américain in Giverny, France; this fine catalogue collects the highlights of his collection from both museums. Revealing a traditional but intelligent aesthetic, the Terra paintings present a...


Art as Evidence: Writings on Art and Material Culture
Jules David Prown
0300084315
February 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
Jules Prown is renowned as a historian of American art and a pioneer in the study of material culture, a discipline that attempts to achieve a more profound understanding of individuals and societies using works of art as tangible evidence. This important book celebrates Prown's distinguished career, bringing together eighteen of his most influential essays, along with a new introductory chapter, an intellectual autobiography that explains the evolution of his life's work. The volume begins with theoretical essays that document Prown's thinking as a cultural art historian, followed by the presentation of a number of his finest writings on American art. These pieces focus on the work of key eighteenth-century American artists-Benjamin West, John Singleton Copley, Charles Willson Peale, and John Trumbull-who painted in...


Endless Panorama of Beauty: Selections from the Jean and Alvin Snowiss Collection of American Art
Joyce Henri Henri Robinson
0911209557
January 2003
Hardcover
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