The Return of Neptune

John Singleton Copley American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

A prodigious talent at fifteen, John Singleton Copley learned his trade by copying reproductions of Italian mythological paintings. This charming juvenilia depicting Neptune and his retinue reminds us that Copley and the sitters in his later, mature portraits lived along the New England Coast and were deeply connected—economically and psychologically—to the sea.

The Return of Neptune, John Singleton Copley (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1738–1815 London), Oil on canvas, American

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