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Painters of the American Revolution

John Singleton Copley applied West's intuition about historical painting to subjects taken from the American Revolution. Copley's portraits form a gallery of the men and women who contributed to the founding of the American republic. Hughes views Copley as the founder of that current of American empirical realism "which, disdaining frills of style and 'spiritual' grace notes, tried in all its sharpness and bluntness to engage the material world as an end in itself." Though Copley also painted many Tories of his native Boston and his own political allegiances are unknown, his paintings devoted to revolutionary personalities such as Paul Revere and Samuel Adams have become fundamental statements about the American character.

Revere, a silversmith who warned the patriot troops at Lexington of the impending arrival of the British, is defined in Copley's portrait through his...

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