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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Hello and Welcome to Art 474/674: History of American Art. I use blogs to extend classroom discussion beyond the four walls of a lecture room. I also like blogs because, in this global age of electronic communication, these platforms are available 24/7.
For the first blog post this 2018 Spring Semester, I offer this thought by John Singleton Copley, arguably the finest painter and creative force in the visual arts in Colonial America, that was expressed in a letter to Henry Pelham at the end of the 18th century: “It is a pleasing reflection that I shall stand amongst the first of the artists that shall have led the country (America) to the knowledge and cultivation of the fine arts, happy in the pleasing reflection that they will one day shine with a lustre not inferior to what they have done in Greece or Rome in my native country.”
What do you interpret the underlying meaning to be in this letter to Henry Pelham by Copley? What do you believe he was trying to convey to Pelham as Copley reflected on his native country?