The artist never returned, but Boston did not forget him, and he is memorialized in Copley Square. Many of those whose images he recorded are similarly commemorated: Revere’s house still stands in the North End; the Boylstons have a street named after them; the I. M. Pei-designed headquarters of the John Hancock insurance company dominates Back Bay. This exhibition, in one of the world’s great museums, now celebrating its 125th anniversary, provides a good introduction to the city, which is at its best in summer, and is a gateway to that wonderful coastline, extending from Cape Cod to Maine, which Copley’s merchants found so fruitful fichu and sumptuous, olive-green gown advertise the riches that her husband, originally a saddler, had accumulated. Copley hankered after more than colonial success. In 1766 he sent a painting of his sixteen-year-old stepbrother, Henry Pelham, to London for exhibition at the Society of Artists. The boy’s dreamy expression, contrasting with that of his pet squirrel intent on a nut, is immediately appealing, as is the artist’s delicate handling of skin tones compared with the vivid pink collar and rich red background drapery, and his virtuoso handling of the reflections on the table. It earned Sir Joshua Reynolds’ praise, but an awkwardly composed portrait sent the following year did not meet with the same approval. Copley decided to stay in Boston, for the time being at least, being assured of the considerable income of 300 guineas a year, compared with the expense and uncertainties of Europe. I cannot think of purchasing fame at so dear a rate,’ he wrote to a friend.
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