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John Greenleaf  1754

by John Singleton Copley

While there has never been any doubt of Copley’s innate talent, these portraits give new meaning to the word “precocious.” At about the age of fifteen, with no formal training and very little opportunity to have studied acclaimed works of art, Copley not only could paint competently but also knew how to serve his patrons best: with accurate but richly embellished likenesse...
21 1/2 x 17 3/4 in. (54.6 x 45.1 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art