John Singleton Copley Statue

Copley Square Park, Boylston Street @ Dartmouth Street

Considered America's first great portrait artist, John Singleton Copley was born on July 3, 1737 in Boston. His parents - Richard Copley and Mary Singleton - emigrated from County Clare, and his father died shortly after. Copley learned to paint from his stepfather, Peter Pelham. Copley painted the leading citizens of his time, including George Washington, John Hancock, Samuel Adams and Paul Revere.

Copley Square Park was named in his honor in 1883. In 2002, the city of Boston unveiled a statue to Copley by artist Lewis Cohen.

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