National Geographic : 1951 Feb
E National Ueograpllle Society 184 COrcoran gallery oI Art JOHN SINGLETON COPLEY (1737?-1815) * Jacob Fowle Violence-hating Copley, a \Whig married into the Tory gentry, tried to stop the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution. Failing, lie moved to London, never to return. There he grew rich but homesick. One day, on hearing the King acknowledge American independence, Copley rushed home to his studio and boldly painted tie Stars and Stripes-"the first American llag hoisted in Fngland," a witness remarked. Copley abroad acquired learning but lost originality. In his embittered, crotchety age he conceded that his "crude" American works were superior, but he could no longer duplicate them. He painted Col. Jacob Fowle, Marblehead merchant and militia leader, about 1763.