Paul Revere (c. 1768-70) by John Singleton Copley

Paul Revere - John Singleton Copley - c.1768 - 1770

Artwork Information

TitlePaul Revere
ArtistJohn Singleton Copley
Datec.1768 - 1770
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions88.9 x 72.39 cm
Art MovementNeoclassicism
Current LocationMuseum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston

About Paul Revere

The artwork “Paul Revere” is a quintessential work by artist John Singleton Copley, created during the period c.1768 – 1770. Employing oil on canvas, the piece exemplifies the Neoclassical art movement. It stands at 88.9 cm by 72.39 cm and is classified as a portrait. Currently, this notable work is housed at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston.

In the artwork, Paul Revere is depicted in a moment of introspection, seated at a polished wooden table. His right elbow rests upon the table, with his chin thoughtfully placed in his hand, suggesting a pensive state. The figure dons a white shirt with billowing sleeves and a dark vest, typifying the dress of the Colonial American era. To his right, the shiny surface of a silver teapot reflects light, indicating Revere’s profession as a silversmith. Beside the teapot lie a few tools of his trade, further emphasizing his craft. The backdrop is dark, serving to enhance the illumination of the subject’s countenance and the lustrous metal of the teapot, thereby creating a strong focal point within the composition. Overall, the portrait conveys a sense of serene contemplation coupled with a subtle display of Revere’s artisanal skill.

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