(1875-1950) was a highly original
painter, etcher and lithographer of figure subjects. Born in
Manchester, he studied at Manchester School of
Art, then in the studio of Watson Nicol and Arthur Cope, and
later at the Royal Academy Schools. He took up lithography
and was Hon. Secretary of the
Senefelder Club 1910-16.
Copley exhibited at the
RA from 1931, extensively at the Royal Scottish Academy
1916-50, at the New English Art Club from 1933, and also at
the Royal Society of British Artists, the National Society
of Painters and Gravers and abroad, including
at the Chicago Art Institute
where he won the chief award and
medal at the first International Exhibition of Lithographs1930.
RBA 1933 and was elected President of the society in 1947.
His work is represented in several public collections
including British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum,
Manchester City Galleries, Glasgow Museums, and National
married to the artist Ethel Gabain and lived in London NW5
for many years.